Cloud cover provides slight reprieve

Clark County avoids triple-digit temperatures, for now; expect Sunday to be much like Saturday, meteorologist says

By Tom Vogt, Columbian Science, Military & History Reporter

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Some unexpected cloud cover kept temperatures from reaching record-threatening highs Saturday, and Sunday’s outlook is fairly similar, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist.

The high Sunday in the Vancouver area is expected to be around 88 degrees, said Amanda Bowen, National Weather Service meteorologist in Portland. There is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m., according to the Weather Service forecast.

On Saturday, Vancouver logged a high of 91 at Pearson Field. That was well short of previous forecasts, including some calls for triple-digit temperatures. (The record of 97 degrees for June 27 was set in 2000.)

“We were forecasting warmer temperatures, but we had some pretty significant cloud cover that kept us from warming as much as anticipated,” Brown said.

“We had a little shift in the weather pattern,” Brown said Saturday evening. Winds brought marine moisture, which made cloud formation possible. But the cloud cover came with a cost.

“It was a little muggier,” Brown said.

Vancouver did set one record Saturday, and it might have hampered your ability to get a good night’s sleep. It only cooled off to 69 Saturday morning. The previous record high for a low temperature on June 27 was 68 degrees.

The Monday forecast includes a 20 percent chance of showers before 11 a.m., with mostly sunny skies and a high near 87.

According to the seven-day forecast, temperatures are expected to climb back into the mid-90s on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday — Independence Day.