Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Thursday Night Forecast Discussion:
**Wildfire information: Oregon Wildfires ***
Cooler with a lot less humidity than the last few days as the low firing off thunderstorms has exited into NE Washington and we’re left with a westerly flow off the ocean bringing the thick overnight marine clouds back for the weekend mornings. Lows with the less humid air will also drop into the low 50s.
Lots happening around the valley this weekend including Eugene Celebration and in Albany, the ATI Air and Art Festival. Both Saturday and Sunday will start off overcast with a thick marine layer, but should clear to partial sunshine by the afternoons. Highs will be cooler with the ocean air, likely holding in the upper 70s. The coast will stay cloudy most of the weekend with a slight chance for some mountain thunderstorms again as bits of energy break off of the low in the Pacific and move across the state. A slight chance for some isolated showers Sunday with a weak cold front moving into Western Oregon, but that’s about the best chance early on.
Later in the week, another slight chance for showers along the coast midweek, then a strong high pressure ridge starts to back-build into the Northwest from the Central Plains. That will push all the cooler air back offshore and warm our highs back up into the mid 80s.
Have a great weekend!
– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton