PORTLAND -- Temperatures were the warmest of the year so far in the Portland metro area Monday, as the heat climbed to 74 degrees in the afternoon.

The record high for April 7 was 79 degrees and it did not get broken.

KGWmeteorologist Rod Hill said Tuesday won't be as nice, with a high of just 65.

Mostly clear skies will continue Monday night with metro lows in the 40s. Tuesday will see increasing clouds with rain showers becoming possible after 3 p.m., he said.

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Overall, a below normal rainfall pattern with warm temperatures was expected the remainder of this month, Hill added.

It seems, Washington 's Spring Break couldn't have hit at a better time.

It s fun to go down the hill parts, but sometimes I get sweaty, like right now, said 3rd grader Kadence Cotton, enjoying extra skateboard time this week.

Boaters at the Willamette Park boat launch weren t complaining about the sun, either.

I'm about as happy as can be. This is the weather you look forward to when living in Portland, said Ryan Gallegos.

That excitement was contagious. Along north Mississippi Avenue in Portland, very few outdoor tables were sitting empty and business owners were hoping to capitalize on the sunny day.

We ve got the garage door open, it s really inviting for people to come in and shop, said Tom Nehring with PDXchange. It's like night and day, it's great.

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