METEOROLOGIST MELISSA FREY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:
The ridge of high pressure that is slowly sliding in off from the Pacific is in full force today, keeping the Pacific Northwest clear, dry and warm. We’re also continuing to see an easterly component to our winds, which will bring up the temps even further. Highs should make it to the low 90s in the valley, mid 90s for the Umpqua Basin, and mid to upper 60s for the Coast.
Although there isn’t a cloud in the sky, there is quite a bit of smoke. As long as the winds stay out of the east, we will continue to see smoke from the lone creek fire near Sisters. These east winds will also likely bring in smoke from the Lone Creek fire near Sisters. Our air quality moved from good to moderate early Thursday. For the latest on our air quality click here.
The thermal trough that is keeping us under off-shore flow will move east late Thursday and our winds will shift around to the west. As this happens, cooler air will start to filter in. The coast will likely start to see clouds moving in from the south late in the day Thursday. Highs Friday will only drop about five degrees inland as we’ll stay sunny.
By Saturday the marine layer should be well developed and we’ll start the day with that pushing into the valley. Highs will drop to near 80 degrees for both Saturday and Sunday.
The weekend “cool down” will be short lived though as high pressure returns early next week. Highs are on track to be back in the mid 80s Monday through Wednesday.
Have a great Wednesday!
Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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