Warm summer nights may push us to a new record


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Who is having a hard time keeping their digs cool? Our mild overnight temperatures have been preventing many of us from having a nice cool house to sleep in.

So what’s the deal? We’ve had a lot of nights around Portland above 60 degrees. Nearly every single night has been above 60 degrees in Portland for the month of August. Seriously, 12 of 13 nights were at 60 and above. We only bottomed out at 64 degrees this morning and that is just not enough time for your house to relax. Additionally, the one night that we did drop below 60, it barely hit 59 (Aug. 12).

There is a record for the number of 60 degree overnight low temperatures set for the combination of June-July-August months, and that number is 52. This occurred in 2015 and if we stay above 60 degrees to wrap up the month (it’s possible), we could break that. Now, you may see that the forecast is calling for overnight lows in the upper 50s as we approach this weekend.

Since July 1, we’ve had 35 nights that we’ve bottomed out at 60 degrees or above around Portland. At one point in time, we had a 17 day stretch of this, and again, it was the 59-degree temperature on Aug. 12 that prevented us from keeping that stretch going. This is tough for those who do not have air conditioning because your house is probably starting off the morning in the lower to mid-70s, likely pushing the afternoon house temperature into the 80s. And if you provide additional heat by cooking dinner in the evening, this will warm the house even more.

Will we actually reach this record? As I mentioned above, it is possible, but it will be tough. While it would really support our warm overnight summer to say we broke a record, coming this weekend, we have some cooler air that could push us down to the upper 50s overnight. I’m not complaining.

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