Hazy with hot afternoons this weekend

A chance for showers is expected to return Tuesday
Published: Aug. 26, 2023 at 4:52 AM PDT
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Good morning and happy Saturday,

We did get our second mid-90 degree day yesterday and all looks good to have a low to mid-90 degree day again today. This is due to little cloud cover and sitting between very hot air to the east and cool/showery weather offshore. This is also what’s keeping us from getting record heat. The setup stays about the same through Sunday but may start with a bit more clouds giving us a chance to top out in the upper 80s ending the heat wave today. Nonetheless the result is more of the same. Very warm nights and hot afternoons, but the heat will not be excessive. There are no heat advisories, watches, or warnings for our viewing area.

The haze will continue through the weekend as numerous fires around the region are sending fire smoke overhead. Most of it is remaining high in the atmosphere though as air quality remains in the GOOD to MODERATE category in the Portland metro area. Significant fire smoke will continue to stream north across western Oregon and western Washington through the weekend keeping the hazy skies. We do not expect poor air quality in NW Oregon or SW Washington, but closer to the fires from Eugene southward it’s a different story. Expect UNHEALTHY air quality down there at times and an air quality alert is in place until tomorrow at 5 pm. The Camp Creek Fire burning in Portland’s Bull Run watershed will experience relatively light wind the next two days and that should help firefighters a bit. Most smoke from that fire will stay in the extreme eastern metro area and into the Cascades.

The system offshore moves inland the middle of next week for cool showers! This will not produce heavy rain totals, but dampen all areas, reducing fire danger for a few days.