A very warm day in late August in Western Washington and Northwestern Oregon is anything above 85 degrees. Thursday and Friday it seemed more like a day closer to July 4th than Labor Day. Both Seattle and Portland reached the 90’s and broke all-time records for late August.
Seattle hit 91 Thursday, breaking the previous record of 87 set in 1982. For comparison, the average high right now is 75 degrees. Portland reached a scorching 95 degrees, one degree higher than its record of 94 set in 2010. The hot weather stretched all the way to the southern end of the Willamette Valley as Eugene tied its record of 97 Thursday and tied another record on Friday.
On Friday, the heat continued over the Northwest. Seattle broke a 30 year old record when the temperature reached 92. Portland almost hit 100 on Friday, and it would have taken 100 to tie the previous record set in 1986. Salem also set back to back records Thursday and Friday.
The winds are expected to switch directions and come in from the Northwest on Saturday. Temperatures are expected to drop down near normal again, but have we seen the end to the late Summer heat in the Northwest… only time will tell.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Joel Barnes