Temperatures hit high for 2012 in Vancouver on Sunday

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Vancouver recorded its highest temperature so far in 2012 on Mother’s Day, topping out at 88 degrees late in the afternoon Sunday — about 20 degrees above normal for this time of year.

Forecasters expect more of the same Monday. The high should reach 87 degrees under sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

Conditions will cool down later in the week, with high temperatures down to the 70s starting Tuesday. They may fall into the high 60s by the weekend, according to the weather service.

Even with the cool-down, forecasters see no rain in sight for Southwest Washington. Vancouver started the month wet, but has now seen nine straight days without measurable rain.

In an email, Columbian weather blogger Steve Pierce called this week’s forecast “as good as it gets” for mid-May. It’s also a far cry from May 2011, when the region experienced record cold, he said.

Monday will likely be Vancouver’s sixth 80-degree so far this year. In 2011, the city didn’t crack that barrier until June.