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Western MT heat breaks records

People flock to the beach in Polson to beat the Western MT heat(MISSOULA)- Western Montana's temps soared to record levels on Monday, as the state remained under the northern end of a heat wave that has the entire West in its sweaty grip.

The National Weather Service says many smaller communities topped the century mark, with Stevensville leading the way at 102-degrees. That eclipsed the old record of 97 which had stood since 1924. Other places, especially in the Lower Clark Fork Valley all crossed the century mark. Places like Missoula were very close with a high of 99.

Other new records were set in St. Regis at 98-degrees, Eureka at 97, Sula reaching 96 and West Glacier made it to 95. Kalispell, Anaconda and Butte also set new high temperature marks. The 97-degrees in Hamilton tied the old record set in 1990. 

Forecasters say Tuesday will be another scorcher, and Wednesday could be hot as well before temps moderate later in the week.

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