Hot and Hazardous

Even with some clouds blowing in off a small disturbance off the SW corner of Oregon, we still got very hot today! I think a few clouds will stick around tonight, but we’ll still see clear enough skies for the temperatures to drop to the 50’s.

Wildfires burning in Central Oregon will keep air quality lower in the Willamette Valley again tomorrow. So expect the sunshine to come with haze again. Temperatures will stay hot for the Valley and Umpqua Basin, with highs in the low to mid-90’s. The big question for tomorrow will be coastal temperatures. Fog hung around today that keep most of the coast below average and a bit cool. If the fog breaks early enough tomorrow, we could see upper 60’s and low 70’s.

850 MB Forecasted Temperatures

The edge of the ridge will continue to scrape the area, leaving us with hot and dry conditions through the weekend. By Monday, a storm in the Gulf will start sending small waves towards us. However, a disturbance in California should keep most of the action away from us. By mid-week, models are pushing through a cold front that would drop temps into the upper 70’s and low 80’s. Yesterday, models had that event earlier in the week. Given the time of year and the fact that models are pushing back the timing, I’m leery to jump on that boat. So I’m sticking with mid-80’s Monday and Tuesday, and went with low 80’s on Wednesday to reflect model guidance. However, if I see more evidence on that front staying away, I will easily jump numbers back up.

— Meteorologist Megan Taylor

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