Rain last 24 hours: 0
JUNE RAIN: 1.08" Departure from Normal: -.37"
Rainfall since October 1st (water year): 49.01" Departure from Normal: +16.01"
SNOW IN PORTLAND since Dec. 1st: 11.2"
Record Breaking Heat Saturday...Maybe Not Sunday
But it will still be VERY HOT everywhere but the coast, where you will notice a cool down as the day goes on Sunday.
Everybody is in for a warm Saturday evening and overnight, with metro area temperatures staying in the 90's until close to sunset around 9PM. Overnight lows will only be in the upper 60's and the humidity will go up, so it could a bit muggy tonight and early Sunday.
A huge ridge of high pressure is in control of our weather across the West. It's pushing the storm track well away from us and has drawn a thermal trough northward along the Coast from California. When we have the combination of high pressure and a thermal trough, we see a strong east wind, and conditions heat up quickly across the region.
The high finally moves out Monday into Tuesday allowing the marine layer to return for a cool down the rest of the week, but even with cooler temperatures to start the week, we'll have more moisture in the air, so it could be even more uncomfortable with the humid conditions.
The east wind is influencing temperatures all the way out to the Coast. Astoria hit 92 Saturday to break a record of 90 set back in 1926. Other daytime highs around the Willamette Valley were record-breaking. Portland hit 97 to beat the record of 96. Salem topped the old record of 99 by hitting 100.
A Heat Advisory is in place for much of the Northwest, from Seattle all the way down past Eugene. Expect the heat to continue through Sunday. There is also an Excessive Heat Warning for a portion of the Gorge, including Multnomah Falls, Stevenson, WA, and Corbett. Dangers include heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Make sure to do outdoor activities early or late, find shade, drink plenty of water and make sure you do the same for young children, the elderly and pets. No prolonged exposure to the heat. Find a place to cool off.
Central and Eastern Oregon remain dry and breezy with daytime highs in the 90's Sunday, and a RED FLAG WARNING is up for high fire danger, with a fire weather watch continuing into Monday with the potential for thunderstorms.
The Rhoades Canyon Fire burning off Highway 218 is 50% contained, but has burned 15,000 acres since it started Tuesday. For travelers, according to ODOT, a pilot car is escorting vehicles through the area. Fuels like grass and sage are drying out rapidly, and fire danger is on the increase across the entire region.
Tonight - Warm and muggy and breezy - 67
Sunday - Advisories in place through 9pm - Still HOT - 98
Monday - A bit cooler - 84
Tuesday - AM clouds, PM sun - 77
Today's Record Temperatures