The heat wave shattering temperature records across Eastern Washington was so intense that it caused a stretch US Highway 195 to rupture Monday, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Officers first thought a gas line broke and caused the highway to buckle. Then came word that temperatures that hit at least 96 degrees baked the pavement until it split a section of the northbound lanes.
According to the National Weather Service, the heat pushed into triple digits in several towns, including 102 in Wenatchee and Ephrata, 101 in Moses Lake and 100 in Lewiston.
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