Portland sets record for Jan. - March dry streak

Portland sets record for Jan. - March dry streak

Portland sets record for Jan. - March dry streak

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Posted on April 3, 2013 at 5:47 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:27 PM

PORTLAND -- The record heat over the weekend capped off a record-dry three-month stretch, KGW meteorologists said.

"This weekend was amazing, hitting 77 degrees on Saturday, breaking the old record high of 74, back in 1942," said Nick Allard Monday morning. "Then yesterday the high temperature of 77 degrees set another record high, breaking the old mark of 71, back in 1987."

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The hottest March day ever recorded at Portland International Airport was 80 degrees in 1947, so the weekend highs didn't top that, but they tied for second place.

In addition to the record highs, Portland has had a record dry streak for January through March, with 6.99 total inches, said Rod Hill. The second-driest was in 1929, when only 7.6 inches fell.

"Precipitation since January 1st is 6.21 inches, which is only 51 percent of normal," Hill said.

Rod Hill blog: January-March sets record for dry weather

But the dry, hot weather is already on its way out, Allard said. Highs in the 60s Monday though Wednesday were expected to give way to mid-50s by the weekend. And rain should last from Thursday until at least Saturday.

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