Marcus Cadiz had a succinct description for Sunday’s weather: “It’s awesome.”
The 13-year-old McLoughlin Middle School student was enjoying sun and spring break while shooting baskets at his grandmother’s home in Vancouver’s Northwest neighborhood.
“It’s cool that it’s not raining anymore and we can play basketball and stuff,” he said.
The warm weekend will give way to slightly cooler days through Wednesday and then rain is expected, said Steve Todd, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Portland.
Vancouver’s Pearson Field recorded 75 at 4:09 p.m. on Sunday, Todd said, but it was not a record for the date. The mercury oozed to 78 in Vancouver on March 31 in 1911.
But Portland did set a record for the date with 77 on Sunday, Todd said.
And Vancouver set a record on Saturday with 78, which broke the record for the date: 77 in 1942.
Where did the heat come from?
“Its kind of a combination of high pressure over the area combined with an offshore flow at low levels,” Todd said. “It was almost summerlike conditions. If we had the same conditions in July, we’d be pushing 100.”
But it will not last.
“We’re going to get some clouds in here today,” he said. “Temperature are going to drop down a little into the mid-60s.”
He predicts 66 today, 65 on Tuesday, and somewhere in the upper 60s on Wednesday. Thursday through Sunday look rainy, Todd said.