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Record Heat This Week?

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:  

An on-going major severe weather outbreak is continuing tonight across parts of the Southeastern US. There have been multiple tornadoes with extensive damage. If you would like to track the threat again for tomorrow or to check on conditions, click here and then click on the area of the country:  http://www.weather.gov/

As for the Pacific Northwest, we’re about to see an unusually warm stretch of weather, starting tomorrow. Temperatures will soar into the 80s and we may be looking at new records for midweek. Tonight, some light clouds are left over from a warm front that’ll mainly stay offshore. Winds are starting to pull up from the south, so we’ll see overnight lows hold in the mid to upper 40s.

Tuesday will see a sharp rise in temperatures as a strong ridge of high pressure starts to move across the Pac NW. Even with a little AM fog, highs will be able to move back into the 70s tomorrow. Even warmer than that going into Wednesday and Thursday. A strong offshore flow along with VERY warm air aloft that’ll mix down to the surface may push highs to the mid 80s for valley, 70s along the coast, and near 90 in the Umpqua! In fact, Eugene will likely see a new record Wednesday with the current record of 81 set in 2004, I don’t think we’ll have much trouble being warmer than that.

Highs stay summer-like through Thursday, then Friday, an approaching low switches winds to an onshore flow. That’ll cool things down considerably into the mid 70s inland and back into the low 60s at the coast.  By the weekend, the high breaks down and cooler, Pacific air will knock temps back down into the low 60s by Sunday. We will also likely see some light showers move back in by this time next week.

Have a great Monday night!

– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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