A Hot May Day

11pm Monday

Forecasts turned out just right today with 80s along parts of the coastline and low 90s around the metro area.  Aurora was the warm spot in our area with a 93 degree high.

Todays Observed Highs OrWa 2017

Somehow Eugene only hit 85…not sure what was going on down there.

Tomorrow will be much cooler at the Coast as a strong NW wind kicks in during the afternoon.  That will also pour inland and cap our temperatures off in the lower 80s.  Good news, no hot weather for tomorrow but a warm and sunny late May day.

Now today’s 91 at PDX was the warmest in May in 3 years but short of the record for the date.


We have entered an unusually long warm/dry period for late May.  Since I don’t expect showers Wednesday, that means ridging will take hold again for the end of the week through early next week.  No model shows any decent chance for significant cooling and/or showers until at least the middle of next week.  Wow, what happened to the cool/wet spring???

Enjoy the sunshine in the days ahead, it’ll be accompanied by low dewpoints Wednesday through Friday so night will be cool with pleasant afternoons.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

18 Responses to A Hot May Day

  1. WEATHERDAN says:

    Summary of last 7 months. October 2016 Record Rainfall, November 2016 Record Warmth , December 2016 Near Record Cold, January 2017 Near Record Cold, February 2017 Record Rainfall, March 2017 Near Record Rainfall, April 2017 Cooler and wetter than normal but better. May 2017 Warmer and drier than normal. Bring on the heat and drought, I’m ready. Peace.

    • Joshua Downtown PDX says:

      Summary of the summers of 2014, 2015, and 2016… the two hottest summers and ninth hottest in history going back to 1940. We are due for a cooler and wetter than normal summer. Pete Parsons agrees.

  2. Paul D says:

    I was outside around 5:15pm getting baked by the sun, and then two hours later I leave my office to come home and I’m nearly blown away by the wind and almost needed a jacket! What a mood swing!

    • JERAT416 says:

      Imagine what it’s like in the Rockies when it hits 90 degrees then it snows the same day

    • Never saw 90s and snow in the same day myself when I lived in the Rockies. The more common scenario was in April or May when you’d have mid to upper 70s one day and snow (sometimes significant amounts of it) the next. (Could happen in the fall, too.)

      Such events were responsible for more lives lost due to hypothermia than any others, typically on the part of visitors who either failed to check the weather forecast or did and decided the forecaster was nuts.

    • Dallin Burnett says:

      JERAT416 I partially grew up near Colorado Springs and I don’t recall any one-day temp swings that drastic, though hard freezes or snow after a mildly warm day aren’t uncommon in the spring or fall. Interestingly, March and April are the snowiest months in much of Colorado because the winter months are so dry and summer brings the monsoon rains.

      • JERAT416 says:

        I’ve heard it happens but I didn’t hear exactly 90, it was mid 80’s I think. I think it has to do with which direction the wind comes from. It can rapidly affect weather depending on the wind. Desert vs. mountains vs valleys.

  3. Spent the past few days up around Squamish, BC. Yesterday in particular was very toasty where I was (up the Squamish Valley and thus well away from the water). I would guess mid-80 F. The heat was melting the mountain snowpack which made for spectacular waterfalls. Back home, my thermometer maxed out at 79 over the weekend.

    Marine push is simply roaring in this afternoon. Was 70 when I got back home at about 2:45, is now 61 and falling. Would estimate 20 to 30 mph winds. Still mostly clear and sunny today. NWS has a chance (only a 30% one) of showers for me tomorrow.

    • And do I mean roaring. Just lost power. This is a first for me in the four years since moving to the island: a marine push windstorm.

    • This is just a test to see if my mobile browser is still acting up and not letting me log on properly.

    • Jason Hougak says:

      It’s roaring here in Grand Mound, Washington as well. Was close to 80 earlier and now in lower 60’s with clouds pushing in. Feels great outside.

    • Roland Derksen says:

      it was roaring here last night til past midnight. YVR (Vancouver BC airport) had a peak gust of 52 mph. No rain from this system- just a lot of wind leaving streets littered with twigs and leaves.

  4. Alicia says:

    Loving the weather- not loving no A/C in the office building. Fans galore here in a small Battle Ground, WA office.

  5. Lee Wilson says:

    Loving this sun..running an air-conditioner.
    Off of solar 🙂 .

    Have any clue as to how how many what hours is in 520 Watts for 6 hours ..eerg.

    We been running the Air-conditioning sense 8:30 am.

    We also cooked some fish sticks.
    We’re already at 1.04 Killo Watt Hours 😦

    This is going to be one interesting day.
    Yesterday we didn’t start the AC in time..we were melting.

  6. Roland Derksen says:

    I saw a maximum of 82.9F here yesterday. That’s my warmest temperature since August 26th last year. Intresting to compare the mean temperature of May this year with last year’s; Up to the 15th, I was -8.6F cooler than last May. With this past week’s weather, it’s down to -6F (up to the 22nd). Perhaps by month’s end, it’ll be down to a 3 degree difference.

  7. Paul D says:

    More hot days creeping into the 7-day forecast – stop it!!!! Back to normal please.

  8. EY (Oak Grove) says:

    My car was insanely hot and so was work…


    • Paul D says:

      It felt soooo good every time I walked back into a building. It was cooking out there yesterday.

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