We hit 81 in Portland today, which ties the old record for most 80 degree days in one season. During the blazing hot summer of 1967 we had 84 days at/above 80 degrees. As of today we’ve seen 84.
One difference this year compared to 1967 is that the heat arrived much earlier. That year it was July/August, this year it was mainly June/July. August was warmer than normal but not a crazy hot month. September will end up slightly below average.
Note we’ve seen DOUBLE the number of 80 degree days as in the cool summers of 2010-2011.
Tomorrow we should hit 80 again but that might be it for the season. The pattern still looks ridgy the first part of October, but that doesn’t mean we’ll hit 80 again.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen