Sun sets on warm days

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance

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A layer of marine air rolled into Clark County on Monday afternoon, bringing an end to unseasonably high temperatures, but highs should remain in the 60s through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The 24-hour high of 83 degrees was logged at Pearson Field at around 5 p.m. Monday.

That wasn’t enough to break the date’s record daytime high of 90 degrees, which was set April 23, 1910.

“We’re going to take a downturn after today,” Kirsten Elson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Portland, said Monday.

There is a chance for rain the next few days, with highs in the mid-60s, she said.

Thursday and Friday highs should be just below 60 degrees, the weather service said.

Columbian weather blogger Steve Pierce said Monday’s possibility of widespread afternoon thunderstorms was also out of the norm. That sort of thing isn’t usually seen in this area until June, July or August, Pierce said.The last time there was the potential for thunderstorms this early in the year was in 2008, he said.