We’re about two weeks into the fall, and the Willamette Valley and Pacific Northwest are experiencing unseasonably warm, summer-like weather that’s expected to last at least through the end of the weekend, and possibly into next week. .
Over the past week, Eugene has hit or exceeded 80 degrees for the first three days of October. Highs on Saturday and Sunday are 87 degrees for her and 80 degrees for her on Monday. The average temperature on October 4th is 71 degrees. Some of the hottest weather in the Pacific Northwest was in Portland, where it hit 88 degrees on Sunday, two below his 90-degree record.
Colby Newman, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Portland, said the lingering heat was due to a high pressure system spreading over the Pacific Northwest and will continue “for the next week or so.”
“For that matter, it controls much of the western United States and keeps most of the entire western United States dry,” Newman said on Tuesday.
Highs in Eugene are expected to reach 75 degrees Celsius on Wednesday and 78 degrees Celsius on Thursday and Friday, but both days could reach as high as 80 degrees Celsius, Neumann said.
After that, we see highs of 79 and 80 on Saturday and Sunday respectively, with 79 expected on Monday.
Hotter weather is expected in Salem, with highs in the high 80s Thursday through Monday.
To the east, Oak Ridge is warmer than the Valley, with a high of 84 degrees Celsius forecast on Sunday.
Although the Cedar Creek fires have not contributed to a warmer climate, their smoke has somewhat reduced air quality in Eugene and Springfield. On Sunday, Eugene scored a “moderate” air quality rating for Sunday. The fire, caused by a lightning strike in early August, had spread to 120,855 acres east of Oak Ridge as of Tuesday.
Every night, wildfire smoke drifts westward from Oak Ridge, but it usually doesn’t reach Eugene and Springfield, Newman said. On Thursday, however, Eugene and Springfield could see more noticeable smoke.
Air quality is deteriorating in Oak Ridge, hitting a ‘dangerous’ Air Quality Index rating of 374 at noon Tuesday.
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