Portland's first 90-degree day of the year set a new record for May 14 of 91 degrees. The old record of 88 degrees was just two year ago, back in 2012.
No surprise to see 90 degree heat in mid-May, in fact most of Portland's daily record highs are now in the 90s.
Today surpassed May 1, when the mercury warmed to 89 degrees at the airport.
The earliest 100-degree day on record for Portland was May 28, back in 1983.
Other record temperatures set today include 88 degrees in Newport, the old record was 78 back in 1912.
Astoria also set a record high, warming to 87 degrees, the old record was 82 back in 1939. Salem's record high for today stands at 93. The capital city warmed to 90 this afternoon.
Other high temperatures this afternoon include:
Seaside 91, Kelso 90, Scappoose 91, Vancouver 92, Troutdale 86, Hillsboro 89, McMinnville 89 and Hood River 84 degrees. (These reported highs are as of 5:00 pm from the National Weather Service.)
Forecast models show slightly cooler temperatures for the metro valley Thursday, however, a light southwest wind will bring higher humidity, meaning you might actually feel hotter, especially in the shade.
KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill, follow me @
(The photo above, entitled Splash Mountain on the Columbia River was posted earlier today under Your Pics at KGW.com)