Tuesday turned out to be a "dog day" of summer, meaning just one hot day. Yesterday's quick hitting hot spell was the warmest temperature in Portland since PDX hit 100 degrees back on August 16th of 2012. The airport's official high temperature Tuesday was 99 degrees at 4:14 p.m. The record for the date stands at 105 degrees back in 1942. You may remember last summer's hottest day was 97 degrees on June 30th.
Here are a few high temperature reports from Tuesday: Salem 99 degrees, Beaverton 100, Gresham 97, Oregon City 101, Tigard 97, Hillsboro 97, Vancouver, 98, Ridgefield 100, Battle Ground 100 and McMinnville 98 degrees. At the coast, Astoria hit 89 degrees, Tillamook 84 and Newport 75 degrees. In the Gorge, Hood River 97 and The Dalles 100 degrees. Up on Mt. Hood, Timberline Lodge warmed to 75 degrees Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.
Counting Tuesday, Portland as topped 90 degrees two days this year. Our hot season with 90 degree temperatures often extends into September. The latest in the season, PDX has topped out at 90 degrees is October 5th, back in 1980. My summer forecast still calls for above normal temperatures with very little rainfall through mid-September. I expect 15 or more 90 degrees days, meaning we have more than a dozen hot days to go!
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