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Saturday, September 23, 2023
Sept. 23, 2023

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Weather Eye: After cool break, warmer days are on the horizon


I mentioned in Sunday’s column that if the morning low clouds lingered Sunday through today, we could see highs less than the normal high of 70 degrees. Well, it occurred Sunday and Monday with 65 degrees on Sunday and 63 degrees as of 5 p.m. Monday. It was cooler than I thought it would be, wishful thinking, I guess.

Those clouds were unusually persistent while much of our coastline had blue skies and sunshine. What are the odds? It was a relief from the heat for sure and we can be thankful for that but it will warm up the remainder of the week with a pair of 80-degree-plus temperatures on the horizon for Thursday and Friday.

Before we look further ahead, let’s review some of those warm days recently. This is hot off the press from the National Weather Service in Portland. Vancouver set a record for the most consecutive days at or above 80 degrees with nine days. The old record was eight days in 1938. We also had the most consecutive days of 90 degrees or higher with four days; previous record was only two days in 2015 and a couple other years.

OK, we have one more milestone. We had the most 90-degree days, with five surpassing the old record of three days in 1931. I don’t foresee 90-degree high temperatures in the remaining days of the month so that one will stand at five days. I hope this isn’t an indication of the hot summer days ahead.

To put Sunday’s high of 65 degrees in perspective, yes that’s chilly but the record coldest high temperature was 54 degrees in 2010. Monday’s high as of 5 p.m. of 63 degrees was cool but warmer than the record minimum high of 50 degrees in 2013. Both of those chilly days several years ago I don’t recall. Maybe I was in a warmer location.

The holiday weekend isn’t looking too bad with only a slight chance of rain or drizzle, mainly on the coast. We will call it partly to mostly sunny with highs in the 70s. Not the greatest for poolside lounging but great for barbecues and outdoor play. We will take another look in Thursday’s column. Take good care.