Happy Friday! We’re heating up quickly once again today! At 10:00 a.m we’ve already hit 76° and we’re headed toward 89°. This would be the warmest day we’ve seen since September 17th.
The pattern that is bringing in this heat is very rare for the Pacific Northwest. We have high pressure moving in from the southeast (the opposite of what’s normal) while at the same time, we still have low pressure just off shore. The high pressure is the dominant feature, and will keep us clear, dry and hot, but the combination is keeping our winds out of the northwest and keeping us rather humid.
Highs will be in the upper 80s and low 90s in the valley through Sunday. Early next week that ridge of high pressure will be centered right over western Oregon, this is when we’ll see the warmest temperatures. Highs will likely be in the low to mid 90s for Monday and Tuesday.
By Wednesday and for the Forth of July we’ll start to cool down a bit, although we’ll still be above average in the mid 80s.
If you’re hoping to find some relief from the heat, the coast is a great option. The coast will stay in the upper 60s and low 70s, but still dry and mostly sunny. The Umpqua Basin will be much hotter, returning to the low 90s beginning Friday and mid 90s by Sunday.
Have a great weekend and stay cool!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey