Hot Weekend Ahead; But Not Really A Heat Wave

5pm Thursday…

All signs point to our warmest weather (okay, hottest weather) of the season so far this weekend.  Just a couple of days ago models were a bit warmer, forecasting highs well into the 90s or even closer to 100 (the GFS)  in the Portland metro area.  But now they’ve settled on a more reasonable period of briefly hot temperatures Saturday and Sunday right around 90, plus or minus a couple of degrees.

I lowered our forecast high temps a bit today, and then noticed the NWS did as well…for two reasons:

1. This isn’t the heat wave pattern with easterly/offshore flow.  We never totally lose the west wind in the Gorge and there is no thermal low pressure area west of the Cascades.  As a result we continue weak onshore flow through the weekend and early next week.

2. 850mb temps peak out at +18 to +20 degrees over Salem.  Previous cases in this pattern have high temps right around 90.

IF this exact same atmosphere was overhead and we had good easterly flow, temperatures would soar into the 95-99 degree range.  But that’s not going to happen.

To consider it a real heat wave in our area I would expect 3 days 90 or above generally.  And no records will fall at PDX.  The record highs are 98, 93, 94 for Saturday, Sunday, Monday.

So enjoy the hot weather if you are one of those people.  River levels are lower than normal and they are running warmer than last year as well.  The Columbia River is already up to 64 degrees, pretty warm for the first week of June!


Looking ahead through next week and beyond, we have definitely entered a stable summer-like pattern for awhile.  Both the GFS and ECMWF have NO precipitation for the next 10 days…Continue watering!



By the way, May continued the trend of warm months in the Pacific Northwest.  Only 1 month out of the past 12 has been below average…that was November


Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

17 Responses to Hot Weekend Ahead; But Not Really A Heat Wave

  1. Boring Oregon says:


  2. runrain says:

    Then I’ll be FIRST to say have a nice time off Mark.

  3. schmit44 says:

    6/5/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:94 at BLALOK( 277 ft) & John Day River B(305 ft) & Celilo, East of(225 ft)
    Low: 65 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft)

    High:53 at Newport(30 ft) & MT. HOWARD(7910 ft)
    Low: 30 at Crescent (4462 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 48 degrees
    CW5507 Camp Sher (82/34 ) (3020 ft )

  4. Joshua says:

    Lucky us!

  5. jimbo says:

    7 day is the warmest I remember for early June!

  6. W7ENK says:

    It’s going to be an amazing weekend to be outdoors…
    I can’t wait! 🙂

  7. schmit44 says:

    6/4/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:84 at BLALOK( 277 ft) & JOHN DAY RIVER A(399 ft) & BOARD(290 ft) & DW0462 Umatilla(390 ft) & UMATILLA RIVER N(362 ft)
    Low: 59 at Celilo, East of(225 ft) & Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft) & JUNIPR(359 ft) & BARNHT(894 ft) & WYETH(102 ft)

    High:47 at MT. HOWARD(7910 ft)
    Low: 25 at CROW FLAT (5172 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 43 degrees
    CW5507 Camp Sher (75/32 ) (3020 ft )
    COLGATE (73/30) (3231 ft)

  8. Thanks for the forecast, Mark! Much the same is being said here north of the border. I don’t expect record high temperatures, although it certainly will be warmer than normal.

  9. The phrase “not really a heat wave” would sound appropriate in the late June – early Sept. time frame. But it’s the first week of June, a time that’s normally still part of the PNW spring season. High temps this weekend will be close to 20 degrees above climo. At the peak of summer that would be called a “heat wave” and in March or October it would also count as a heat wave. So why not in early June???

  10. Paul D says:

    I noticed the days after the 90’s went up a bit (boo!). I’ll be enjoying the heat from inside this weekend.

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