Weather Eye: Heat will be on locally as the week progresses

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Some like it hot and some like it not. I am in that second category, so I need to plan accordingly as temperatures later in the week top 100 degrees. I survived the last mini heat wave, so I guess I will survive this one as well.

Even the overnight low temperatures will be on the warm side Thursday and Friday, hanging around 70 degrees or so locally. There is a threat of thunderstorms, which could rumble over the weekend or just loom on the horizon, so stay tuned.

After all, it is summer, so we expect these extremes to occur every so often. It might be a great time to venture down to the ocean beaches and wade into that cool Pacific water. If the east winds develop as forecast, it will be hot right down to the coastal strip. Too hot to walk on the sand? Oh yeah.

Funny thing about wading through the edge of the surf on a hot day — it is so pleasant, but venture a few yards up on the beach, and it feels like the desert or something. Oh well, it is what makes memories.

There hasn't been a drop of rain in the old bucket officially for Vancouver so far this month — not unusual at all. It will be interesting to see if we get any drops from a stray thunderstorm or two in the near future. Looking ahead at longer-range models, we could maybe see some light drizzle or showers next week some time — but at this point, any rain stays well to our north.

Did you get a chance to see any of the Perseid meteors over the weekend? We had the clear skies, but they were quite hazy with all the smoke in the atmosphere.

I think I will go make a large pitcher of iced tea and have it ready for the heat. Be safe and keep cool, I will chat with you on a very hot Thursday.

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Weather Systems.