Most of the final numbers are in and it was a big record-breaker today. We forecast 94 here at FOX12; it hit 95 officially in Portland.
Look at those 98 degree temps in Troutdale and Scappoose! Wow…that’s really hot.
It’s extremely safe to say that today was the hottest day of summer for much of the metro area, although PDX hit 97 back on June 30th. I should also point out Hillsboro and Vancouver are both at their high temp at 5pm, so it could rise another degree.
Good news if you don’t like it this hot (who does?), nice push of cooler marine air is pushing into the gaps in the Coast Range and western Willamette Valley. Eugene, Corvallis, and Kelso are already down around 80 degrees. As a result, we lowered tomorrow’s forecast down into the upper 80s…a 6-10 degree temperature drop should be much better!
All models still in agreement with a major change occurring for next week. We’ll go from well above average temps to well below average. Showers could arrive as soon as Sunday afternoon. In fact we are in a favorable position for thunderstorms as the first moisture arrive…something to keep an eye on.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen