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Fantastic Fourth Of July Weather

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:  

Clear skies for the rest of the night and we’ll cool nicely back into the low 50s. The ocean air will help keep the 90s in check for most of the holiday weekend forecast, but the hot weather will return next week.

Thunderstorms that fired off most of the afternoon in the Cascades are winding down tonight and that should be the end of the stormy weather for the mountains over the next couple of days. A low pressure center is anchored in the Gulf of Alaska for now and will send small fronts at the Northwest over the next 72 hours. None of them are all that impressive but it will help to keep a steady onshore flow for tomorrow and the Fourth of July.

Tomorrow’s forecast will be cloudy to start and the marine layer may be a little thicker than today so probably don’t expect to see much clearing before lunchtime. Thus highs will be a little cooler as well inland, mainly the upper 70s and low 80s. The Fourth of July also will start cloudy for all the Butte to Butte runners but should finish nicely with mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 80s.

Not much change for the holiday weekend forecast, mostly sunny skies with morning clouds and highs generally in the low to mid 80s, mid 60s at the coast. Next week though, all modeling is pointing to the hot, hot ridge in the Rockies backing up into the Northwest, pushing temps back into the upper 80s in the valley and low 90s in the Umpqua. We may even get warmer than that, we’ll be watching that trend closely.

Have a great Thursday!

- Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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