Weather Eye: July's very average temps, rain not much to write home about

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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If you ever wondered what is considered "normal" weather-wise for today and the next several days, this would be about it. The temperatures will be very close to seasonal averages and things will continue on the dry side. If you like highs 75 to 80 degrees or so with a smattering of morning clouds on occasion, then this forecast is for you!

No thunderstorms are in the forecast either, so it will be a quiet entry into the weather log for a while -- not much to write home about.

With only a couple of days left to go to round this month out, we are just about dead on for the average mean temperature in Vancouver. It is 68.4 degrees, just 0.1 degree above average. I bet that will end up right on. In the rainfall department we will end up with less than half of average at .24 of an inch. Of course this is our dry month, so really not much to talk about rain-wise anyway.

There are those that are waiting for that first 90 degree day but I certainly do not see that on the seven day forecast. In fact, for the first two weeks of August we may not see anything higher than we are having right now. The marine air conditioning will remain running while the rest of the nation swelters. There is some indication we could see a little moisture next weekend but that may evaporate from the extended forecast by then.

Late afternoon temperatures around the Northwest Saturday ranged from the mid-60s along the coastal beaches to 70 degrees in Puget Sound and around 80 degrees in southwest Washington and the Willamette Valley. East of the Cascades, it was in the 80s and the only 90 degree weather I could see was in southeastern Oregon. Enjoy the new week and I will chat with you on Tuesday at months end!

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.