Weather Eye: Weather stifling in the U.K., stable around these parts

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Yes, it was a baby boy. Quite an event for the folks in the United Kingdom, but it was also a noteworthy day weather wise. The temperature at London's Heathrow Airport was 92 degrees about the time of delivery. So what's the big deal? It was the warmest temperature in the U.K. since 2006.

I knew I could work that into my column somehow. No 92-degree high here in Clark County; we managed a much more pleasant high of 81 degrees in Vancouver.

East of the Cascades, both in Washington and Oregon, most locations are experiencing a run of 100-degree days. Yakima had another 100-degree high on Monday, and so did the Tri-Cities area. Hanford was the hot spot with 102 degrees. The heat should hasten the grocery store appearance of those Yakima and Hermiston watermelons soon.

We will warm up a little today and Wednesday but nothing terribly hot. Currently, we have a stable weather pattern that offers something for everyone. If you like hot weather, head east. If you like cooler weather, head west. Staying close to home brings moderate warmth, with highs in the 80s the rest of the week.

Looking ahead, our high pressure is forecast to break down this weekend and push more marine clouds inland, with highs only in the 70s. Some drizzle is possible. Speaking of drizzle, weather observer Dan Hein of Camas reported measurable moisture early Monday, with .01 of an inch.

Officially, we are still dry for the month, and if we can squeak by the weekend, it may be a big zero on the rain report for July. Last year on this date, we were having springlike weather with a high of only 72 degrees after a morning low of 49 degrees. So, get out and enjoy the summer however you can.

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