Because if you’re planning on escaping hot weather anytime in the next few months then it could be your only choice within a reasonable drive.
The talk around the I-5 Corridor from Kelso to Vancouver to Salem is that this is going to be a ‘long, hot, summer’ and it appears this speculation is right on the money. Here is the proof.
Portland’s Hot Weather Increasing – Record June Ahead
It was an exceptional spring around the Willamette Valley for enjoying the incredible scenery that makes Oregon and Washington special. But for many, it’s gotten to hot, too fast. Here is the trend we’re working with:
- April 2015 – Portland average temperature +.5 degrees (so, virtually average despite very warm finish)
- May 2015 – Portland average temperature +2.8 degrees (considerably above average)
- June 2015 – Portland average temperature +5.2 degrees so far — on track for new record hot June – beating out 1992
Also, it looks like we’re on track for the hottest ‘high temperatures’ on record for June. Right now Portland’s average high this month is 80.2 degrees.
Here’s A Crazy Portland Hot Weather Stat For You To Share With Your Friends
By the end of June, Portland will have had more than 25 days this year at or above 80 degrees. This is more than double the average!
One final thought: I’ve been asked over the years what is the worst kind of spring weather when it comes to creating a dangerous wildfire season west of the Cascades.
I finally got the answer to that question at a talk a couple of years ago from a NOAA Fire Weather Forecaster, based in Portland.
He said the worst thing that can happen is an unusually hot and dry June. He emphasized that June really is the month that tips the scales one way or another. I guess we know which way the scale is tipped this year…