With Tuesday’s high of 96 degrees out of the way, it’s time for the real heat to start.
Vancouver could see three straight days cracking 100 degrees starting Wednesday. Forecasts for Wednesday and Thursday have Vancouver topping out around 105 degrees, and Friday could reach around 99 degrees, according to David Bishop, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Portland.
Tuesday remained relatively cool, as cool as 96 degrees can feel, thanks to onshore winds.
“Winds haven’t turned offshore yet,” Bishop said a little before 5 p.m. Tuesday. “We were expecting them to turn a little earlier (Tuesday). That looks like that’s going to happen earlier (Wednesday). That’s why we stayed a little cooler (Tuesday), because we still have that onshore breeze.”
Bishop said it looks like temperatures will start heating up early Wednesday, with the temperature expected to reach the mid- to high 70s by 9 a.m.
Temperatures in the low 90s are in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday, with temperatures dipping into the high 80s for the start of next week, Bishop said.
The heat wave will bring Vancouver close to some of the hottest days in city history. The hottest temperature on record for Vancouver was 108 degrees on July 29, 2009. Tuesday narrowly missed the record for Aug. 1, as the city’s record was 98 degrees set in 2015. The highest temperature for Aug. 2 in city history is 103 degrees, set in 1939, and the hottest Aug. 3 in Vancouver came in 1952, when it was 100 degrees.