Weather Eye: Hot weather was made tolerable by low humidity




Patrick Timm

We didn’t reach triple digits Saturday but were close. For Vancouver, as of 5 p.m., we topped out at 98 degrees. I had a few neighborhood reports of 100 degrees around the county. But really can you feel the difference between 98 and 100? It was hot, but thanks to the low humidity it wasn’t too bad.

The humidity with east winds was down to 13 percent at 5 p.m., about as low as it gets here. That is desert humidity. We have a repeat today before the ocean cooling arrives.

It was 93 degrees from the northern tip of the Long Beach Peninsula to Astoria, Ore. yesterday. Right down to the water it was hot as pancakes on the griddle. Fortunately the winds shifted from the northeast to the north-northwest. Temperatures dropped into the comfortable 60s and 70s by evening.

It is summer, and I’m enjoying it! I do not have any bad weather news to share. Fair, dry conditions will continue all week. The details show cooling Monday into the 80s with maybe some morning low clouds. Tuesday and Wednesday highs could be 75 to 80 as marine air settles inland.

High pressure slowly rebuilds for the start of the holiday weekend. But no hot weather like this is in the forecast heading our way. I can tell you the last day of June will be much better than the first day. June 1 we had a high of 71 degrees with .10 inches of rain. This Friday I expect dry, warm weather in the low 80s.

Rainfall this month should end up at 1.24 inches for Vancouver as I expect no measurable rain. We complete a drier than average month. We also place into the record books another month warmer than average. A win-win.

Survive the heat today and you’ve got it made all week. Enjoy summer at its best.

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at