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Weather Eye: Don’t let cool weather put a damper on Father’s Day

By Patrick Timm, Columbian freelance columnist
Published: June 15, 2024, 6:01am

We trade a cloudy, cool and damp weekend for a new week of sunny skies and warm weather. A cold trough of low-pressure swings inland mostly to our north but close enough for much cooler weather over the weekend. Rainfall is still expected to be on the light side.

If we get long enough clearing periods during the peak warming of the afternoon, the atmosphere could pop up a thundershower. Looking at the charts on Friday afternoon, I’d say less than a 50 percent chance.

After the trough and cooler air moves eastward on Monday, we will enjoy ever increasing sunshine and warm temperatures beginning Tuesday. We will jump quickly from the 60s over the weekend into the low 80s.

As of Friday, Vancouver was at the seasonal normal for the month. We have only had four days in June that had below average high temperatures. The clouds thickened Friday keeping us at 70 degrees. Our normal high now is 74 degrees. We will see a couple more below average highs on Saturday and Sunday with highs expected to remain below 70 degrees.

Father’s Day will be cool and partly cloudy with showers around and temperatures remaining under 70. Sorry Dads. I’m sure some barbecues will be blazing regardless.

Did you see the large halo around the sun at lunch time Friday? That is usually a good sign of rain on its way. In my years of observing, it is correct about 75 percent of the time.

Enjoy the weekend and happy Father’s Day.

Columbian freelance columnist