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Crowds flocked to High Rocks in an attempt to be the hot weather Friday in Portland. (KPTV) Crowds flocked to High Rocks in an attempt to be the hot weather Friday in Portland. (KPTV)
The high temperatures Friday helped the Hawaiian Festival in Vancouver have an extra island touch. (KPTV) The high temperatures Friday helped the Hawaiian Festival in Vancouver have an extra island touch. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Friday was another hot day with temperatures soaring well into the 90s for the second day in a row.

Local rivers were packed with people looking to make a splash and cool off. In Vancouver, folks were channeling their inner islander at the Hawaiian festival and said the warm weather complimented their festivities perfectly.

With the island music and the classic cool treats, the tropical weather was the cherry on top that transported locals to Hawaii, at least for the day.

“It’s hard to compare when you step off the plane to Maui, but this is a great comparison,” Donald Batchelor said while enjoying the day with his grandkids.

Vancouver’s “Three Days of Aloha” Hawaiian Festival couldn't have come at a better time, even though it was a bit toasty for some.

“It definitely felt like it was 100 degrees,” one cook at the festival said from behind a hot cook top. “It just heats you up like a furnace.”

To fight burning up in the 90-degree heat, he said the cooks will go through a case of water and a case and a half of Gatorade.

Meanwhile, folks down Interstate 205 had no problem staying cool. The watering hole at High Rocks in Gladstone was the place to be.

One mother noted that it was important to take advantage of the few hot days the city sees.

“Watch your kids and get crazy and enjoy Portland, Oregon, this weather, cause we don’t have it much.”

Luis Johnson said jumping into the water at High Rocks was “like a backyard pool.”

It was Johnson’s first time at the notoriously dangerous swimming spot, and it didn't take long for him to figure out why it has that reputation.

“When I first jumped in the water to swim to the other side, I felt the current, and it does pull you,” Johnson said.

Beating the heat shouldn't be an issue this weekend, with much cooler temps right around the corner.

The Hawaiian Festival in Vancouver continues through the weekend.

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