Hot Weather Sunday, But Comfortable Work Week Ahead

9pm Sunday…

We hit 91 in Portland today; Seattle and Olympia also made it to 90

Todays Observed Highs OrWa 2017

Not exactly a scorcher by late July standards, but this is the first time in five weeks we’ve hit that number.  THAT is rare this time of year.  Yet our temperature is running just about normal since meteorological summer started on July 1st.   Basically we haven’t been getting the typical up/down extremes.  Interesting that the fourth warmest temp so far this year was in early May.

Hottest Days This Year

You likely recall last summer we saw more 90 degree weather than at any point in Portland’s history.   But this year only 3 so far

90 Degree Days Summer Heat

In addition to a warmer atmosphere overhead this weekend, onshore flow off the chilly Pacific Ocean totally shut down.  The usual gusty west wind in the Gorge was calm both days.  But this evening westerly wind has returned through the gaps in the Coast Range.  It has also arrived in Hood River this evening; that assures a cooler day through the Gorge tomorrow plus excellent kiteboarding/windsurfing.

With the return of typical onshore flow, our high temps should drop at least into the mid 80s tomorrow, and down around 80 Tuesday and Wednesday.

Weak upper-level ridging Thursday/Friday lead to warming temps again, but likely just under 90 degrees.

There’s no sign of a big upper-level ridge or cold trough moving over the Pacific Northwest the next 7 days…so, to summarize:


  • High temperatures remain between 78 and 90
  • No day looks totally cloudy
  • Many days will be mainly or all sunny
  • Measurable rain is unlikely in Portland through the end of the month


Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen




16 Responses to Hot Weather Sunday, But Comfortable Work Week Ahead

  1. Roland Derksen says:

    Another 80+ day here in the sun. Up to yesterday, my mean temperature for the month was right on the normal number. I’m thinking the month will end up a bit above that now.

  2. Roland Derksen says:

    No rain here overnight (though showers were reported east of us). Can’t call this a “crap summer”- I know what those ones were like back in the late 70’s and early 80’s . Secondly, I’d wait for another few weeks before making any such judgement.

  3. Larry says:

    I don’t know why some people are complaining of the summer we’re getting. I think it’s perfect weather to do a lot of outdoor activities, without the sometimes unbearable heat. In fact, I got to remove the weeds in my grass this week. May not have been possible if it were last July or the July before that. However, models points to maybe a heatwave in the first 7 days of August. We’ll see how that goes though. Anyways, enjoy the nice weather people!

    • PAUL D says:

      Agreed! I don’t understand why people want it to be 90 degrees – you can’t stay in it long without sweating profusely!

      Today was warm enough – the next two days are more than I care to deal with, so I’ll be doing yard work in the morning and staying cool (inside) in the afternoon.

  4. J. Patrick Moore says:

    Mark, your comment on your Facebook page about the satellite that can pick up the lightning strikes made me think, it can probably read license plates as well…

  5. boydo3 says:

    The word “crap” is a reference to the poo that comes from the waste outlet of most animals (bugs included). Not sure if crap is a meteorological term or not.

  6. Roland Derksen says:

    This has been a pretty good summer in my view as well. Yesterday’s high of 87F was more than warm enough for me, and only the second time this month we were above 80F. Today will be another, but by wednesday we’re expected to see some showers. That’s okay.

  7. geo says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but does meteorological summer start June 1st ?

  8. Mark Bergal says:

    So many are calling this a crap Summer as it hasn’t lived up to the last 5 so far. It’s been great. I fail to see where the word crap comes from

    • PAUL D says:

      We deserve a closer to normal summer after the scorchers we’ve had with record setting heat.

    • Anonymous says:

      Crap summer? This is what summer felt like in the 90s and it was fantastic! I don’t know how people tolerate anything more than 80 degrees frankly. At that point, it becomes intolerably hot for me to do anything worthwhile outside other than submerge in frigid waters all day and that can get old.

      • Gene says:

        Maybe you were being a bit hyperbolic, but I have a hard time believing anyone would find 82 degrees to be “intolerably hot”. 102 degrees, okay, I get it, 95, maybe, but “anything over 80”? Sorry, not buying that. I know that many (most?) weather followers in this area and on Mark’s weather blog like the seasons, and in this part of the world, the season of summer means lots of 80s and even a few 90s. Not intolerable, simply normal summer weather for the Portland area

  9. JERAT416 says:

    Sounds perfect!

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