PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s July, yet it still feels like summer hasn’t quite showed up in our region.
As other parts of the country prepare for sweltering heat this week, the Willamette Valley has rain showers back in the forecast. Weather models are generally predicting a few hundredths of an inch of rain in the valley Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning.
Heavier rain is expected at the coast. You’ll want to keep the rain jacket handy if you’re heading there or into the mountain foothills over the next couple of days.
Let’s glance back through our July weather. The Portland International Airport has received more rain than normal so far this month with a surplus of 0.39 inches. Relative to recent summers, we can classify this as a wet July. However, we are nowhere near any monthly records. This July is ranked as the 21st wettest on record. Overall, that’s not very impressive.
Looking at temperatures at PDX, we’ve seen an average high of 77.4 degrees so far this month. The normal high temperature sits around 80.6 degrees. PDX currently ranks as 31st coolest July on record. I’d be raising my eyebrows if we were within the top ten coolest…but this July has actually been pretty seasonal, if not just a touch cooler.
We’ve also been in for some comfy, yet muggy, mornings. For some it’s been tough to sleep at night. Our average overnight low of 60.8 degrees ranks as the third warmest on record.
Get excited, summer IS coming
Some good news for folks who like the heat. The region will see a taste of summer this weekend.
Forecast models agree that a ridge of high pressure will strengthen over the Great Basin throughout the weekend and provide a string of dry, sunny, and above-normal warm days.
Forecast temperatures remain inconsistent between weather models. Some project daytime highs at PDX in the mid-80s while others tease our first 90 degree on Sunday. It’s likely PDX will at least hit the mid 80’s with sunshine lasting well into next week.
The overall trend moving into Monday and beyond keeps the region dry and fairly rain-free.