Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
Strong east winds are developing across the state as a thermal trough develops along the south coast. This is the same feature that forms in the summer time that can often bring in record highs. This time of year it means clear skies (after brief morning fog in the valley) and warmer than average temperatures.
The east winds will gust up to about 30 mph today along the coast and 15-25 mph in the valley. The fog still developed overnight, but unlike most days over the past 2 weeks, it will actually burn off relatively quickly We should make it to the upper 40s and low 50s inland while the coast is in the upper 50s and low 60s.
Although high pressure will stick with us through at least the middle part of next week, the east winds will weaken Friday night. This means we’ll see similar conditions Friday, but it’s back to dense fog in the valley for the weekend and early next week. Highs will fall to the upper 30s and low 40s in the valley, but stay in the upper 50s along the coast.
There is a very slight chance that we could see a weak cold front move through western Oregon Tuesday. This will mean less fog, more clouds and very light rain. It’s more likely than not that this storm will fall apart before it gets here, so stay tuned.
Have a great day!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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