PORTLAND – The first weekend of summer didn’t look much like summer in the Portland Metro area, with several downpours drowning out sunbreaks.
The rain gloom is taking its toll on summer fun and plants, too.
Experts said the rain has been saturating the ground and summer crops are behind where they should be. In particular, they said, basil, cucumbers and melons were struggling.
The experts recommend that anyone trying to salvage their gardens should be sure not to over-water their plants since they’re already getting so much natural moisture.
The rain combined with lower-than-normal temperatures also caused some changes at area pools.
Lifeguards were bundled up at Grant Pool and the usual late-June crowds were quite thin.
“I feel like it's a little cold for free swim right now so I’m going to sit on the side and watch my two girls swim,” one determined mom told KGW Monday.
But there is some light at the end of the tunnel – in the form of sunshine. KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill said conditions were expected to dry up - albeit briefly – on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
More: KGW weather forecast
(KGW reporter Keely Chalmers contributed to this report.)