After sunny stretch, thunderstorms arrive in Portland metro area

KGW evening forecast 5-4-17

PORTLAND, Ore. -- For the second straight day, the Rose City reached 80 degrees but unlike Wednesday, Thursday saw some evening thunderstorms. 

The Rose City reached 85 degrees on Thursday, marking the warmest day of the year. But scattered thunderstorms arrived to parts of the Portland  metro area at around 4 p.m. and continued until nearly midnight. Lightning and hail were reported in many areas.

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KGW meteorologist Rod Hill said most of the Portland and Salem metro areas will then remain dry until Friday morning, when a cold front brings cooler air and likely rain at times. Highs are only expected to be around 60 degrees.

Your Photos: Sunny Weather Returns

Saturday will start to dry up and Sunday could see high-60s. Temps will get back into the 70s Monday and Tuesday.

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Portlanders enjoy Farmers Market during warm stretch

The sunshine arrived at the perfect time for the Portland Farmers Market at Shemanski Park, which opened for the first time this season on Wednesday.

The market is popular with people who live and work downtown, tourists from nearby hotels and chefs looking for fresh produce for food carts and restaurants. The market opened with a wide variety of produce, although farmers say some things are running late because of our cool, wet spring.

“We have all our stuff now," said Logan Umbarger of Rick Steffen Farms in Silverton. "In the last couple of weeks, we finally caught up, we’re starting to get peas and zucchini and stuff like that. The leafy greens, we have greenhouses so we can produce most of that stuff even when the weather’s really bad,” 

Shopper Jan Celt is happy with the timing of the opening of his go-to farmers market.

“I live really close by so I come pretty much every Wednesday to get some really fresh groceries. And the sun is shining. Yeah, it’s a beautiful day, hard to argue with that,” he said.

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