Weather Eye: Long Memorial Day weekend will be warm and dry – enjoy!




Patrick Timm

Some like it hot and some like it not. Wednesday was the day for those that like it not — that is the hot stuff. A typical marine influence with plenty of low clouds and the sun trying in earnest to burn them off in the late afternoon.

Yes, our own natural air conditioning, green energy from the cool Pacific waters. Today we still have that ocean air with us to start but skies will be clearing and the temperatures will be going upward once again.

The long Memorial Day weekend looks like a good one. Warm and dry beginning Friday and lasting through sunset Monday. We usually do not have a such a great Memorial Day as this one coming up. Often at least one day we have some clouds and a temperature close to the normal of 70 degrees.

So highs jump back to the 70s today, 80s Friday and Saturday and close to another 90-degree high Sunday. Monday back down to the mid-80s. We round out the last two days of May probably with more seasonal weather.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Vancouver had measured 1.78 inches of rain for the month and unless we get a surprise attack from the skies, that could end up being the total for this month. Drier than normal; note that in your diary.

It will be a go for getting outdoors camping in the mountains, heading to the beach or just staying home and being lazy. Wear sunscreen and beware swimming in rivers and lakes, the water has warmed but is still on the chilly side.

Last Memorial Day we enjoyed a high of 77 degrees. This time around we will be a big step above those statistics.

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