Have you noticed a peculiar weekend weather trend this August?
I have, and decided to crunch some numbers. We are nearing the halfway point of August and the weekends have been unusually hot. Lets look at the supporting evidence.
Below are the high temperatures for the first two weekends in August at PDX:
August 4th: High: 102
Sunday August 5th: High 94
Saturday August 11th: High 87 degrees
Sunday August 12th: High 94 degrees
Contrast the weekend days to weekdays (Monday – Friday): The average high for these weekdays are 81 degrees – or 13.3 degrees cooler.
Meteorological Summer begins today and when you walk out the doorthis morning it will feel very fall-like. In fact, as of this writing we are seeing lower 40s in many of our western suburbs. These cool temperatures are a result of some clear skies which will in turn help us warm-up into the mid 70s today.
Winds will also be lighter today which will help the fire relief in parts of central and eastern OR.
The payoff is despite the cooler temperatures lately, we are headed for a prolonged stretch of hot weather just in time for the holiday weekend with temperatures pushing 90 degrees plus. Above average conditions should persist into much of next week.
**Sidebar: We concluded the month of August with average temperatures and below average rain.