Justin’s Monday Night Forecast Discussion:
Another hot late summer day with valley and Umpqua highs reaching the 90-degree mark for another day! We’ll go into tonight with clear skies with the exception of the coast where the marine clouds are marching back into place, and lows settling in the upper 40s and low 50s.
High pressure aloft is pushing the jet stream way up into Central Canada for the next few days. That will mean more sunshine, offshore winds tomorrow which generally keeps Western Oregon dry, warm and breezy. It’ll also keep some of the smoke from the Pole Creek fire drifting into the valley again on Tuesday. Air quality suffered today with Eugene/Springfield sitting in the high end of the Moderate category. It may not be as bad as today, however, folks with sensitivities to a poorer air quality should be mindful, especially by late afternoon when the haze is at its peak. You can find the latest Air Quality Index from LRAPA here: AQI
By midweek, the winds will switch to an on-shore flow and the morning clouds will be back in the valley. Afternoon sunshine should still be a safe bet but we’ll back off the highs into the low 80s.
The weekend forecast has some question marks courtesy of an area of low pressure developing off the California coast. It’ll drift towards the Southern Oregon coastline by Saturday and may move inland by Sunday. It will alspush the marine clouds inland for some of the afternoon and with a southerly wind, may fire up some late weekend thunderstorms in the mountains. We’ll be tracking it very closely.
No rain is expected though for the extended period and that will keep the fire season roaring with High fire conditions for the Willamette and Umpqua national forests, and Extremely dangerous conditions out in Central Oregon, where the Pole Creek fire is burning strong.
Pole Creek Wildfire Update:
The Pole Creek wildfire complex is burning more than 16,000 acres near Sisters. Southerly winds should push the smoke back into the Bend/Redmond area. Residents should expect a poor air quality and smoky conditions. For more information, click here: Pole Creek
Have a great Tuesday!
Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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