Bend, OR (AP) — The weather in Bend is expected to get a little bit warmer on Tuesday, but the forecast for Thursday and Friday is still mostly cloudy.
That’s good news for the city of Bend and its nearly 300,000 residents, who are trying to survive a severe drought.
The weather bureau is forecasting the morning highs in the city to be about 10 to 15 degrees higher than today.
But it will be at least another 30 to 40 degrees warmer in the afternoon and evening, and possibly more, for parts of the city, including Bend.
It’s an important reminder of the challenges the city faces as it struggles to get its water and sewer systems up and running again.
The drought has affected many of the areas closest to Bend.
A large chunk of the town is in the foothills, where the temperatures can be as low as 4 degrees below zero.
But Bend is still one of the driest cities in the United States, with only 0.2 percent of the country’s population being above 10 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
In addition to the city’s relatively low water demand, Bend has struggled with other issues.
There are limited supplies of food in many parts of town, and the drought has slowed down the growth of the economy, said Jennifer McBride, a Bend-based economist.
The drought has also put a dent in the town’s water supply, with its supply of water estimated to be only about 1,800 gallons a day.
“It’s a very complicated situation, but it’s not a perfect situation,” McBride said.
“Bends needs water, and it needs water now.”
The city has had a dry winter, but that has turned into a hot summer.
On Tuesday, temperatures were up to 12 degrees above normal, the National Weather Service in Bend said.
The heat is a major factor in the water shortages, as the town relies on the city water department to run the system.
Some of the most extreme weather conditions in Bend come from the city itself, where temperatures in the mid-70s and into the 80s are typical.
The city has been dealing with the drought for a few weeks, but McBride expects it will take at least a few more days to get out of the drought.
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The city also faces some challenges from drought-related wildfires, especially those that hit the city and affected homes.
Many of the fires in Bend are caused by lightning, but they can also be caused by vegetation, which is what sparked one of those fires.
That’s what prompted the city in June to close the city center for a month.
The mayor says the city is still looking to fix the problems that led to the fires.
“Our hope is that this can be a good opportunity for the community to get back to normal and get back on its feet,” Mayor Joe Hoehn said.