Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:
Another sizzler today with highs in the mid 90s once again, no records set in Eugene today, but we have now had 29 days of 90+ heat, that’s two away from the record of 31 days set back in 1958. We may have a shot at breaking the all-time hottest summer on record! Tonight, very mild again with lows only falling into the upper to mid 50s. Clouds back at the coast for the morning, otherwise, clear to mostly clear inland and we’ll be off to another warm day with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s.
An update for folks living in both Oakridge and Central Oregon, winds at the surface and aloft will be NNW so the smoke from the Deception Complex will once again cause air quality issues in addition to potentially new evacuations around the perimeter of the fire lines. The latest information on the fire and associated evacuations is here: Deception Complex
Cooler air will start to head south from the Gulf as early as Thursday night, bringing down temperatures about 5-7 degrees into the low 80s by Friday. The clouds will get thicker at the coast as well. Coastal locales might be dealing with some patchy drizzle just about each day of the holiday weekend. Heading into the mountains for camping this weekend will be cloudy, cooler with highs in the upper 60s and lows falling into the upper 30s! So make sure you’ve got some layers for the chilly overnights.
Heading into the weekend for everyone, cooler Pacific air will knock everyone back inland into the 70s and a slight chance for a few isolated showers later on Saturday and again on Sunday. None of the small systems coming in this weekend look too impressive so the main areas impacted will likely be the coast and mountains. That said, Duck and Beaver home openers will both be mostly cloudy and Autzen might see the best chance for a sprinkle with a 7:30pm kickoff.
Have a great Thursday!
- Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton