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Weather Eye: Get out and enjoy the sun, because change on way for weekend

How would you rate Monday’s weather? For me on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being ideal, it would have been a 10. Of course, you know me, I enjoy afternoon temperatures in the 70s while many of you enjoy 80-degree-plus weather.

I will say it was a bit on the cool side early in the morning as we dropped to a low of 45 degrees here in Vancouver. I had a few reports closer to 40 degrees and a couple of 39-degree lows in the foothills.

The high Monday in Vancouver was 72 degrees, 1 degree above the average for June 1. That 45-degree low was 7 degrees below the average of 52 degrees. That made a slow start for the vegetable garden but the sun rose higher in the sky and it began to warm enough to make the bees happy.

As long as we are throwing some numbers out there, let’s take a quick look back at May. These are for Vancouver. We had a month with above-average rainfall, believe it or not, thanks to a few bouts of scattered heavy showers. The rain gauge tally was 2.68 inches, .21 of an inch above average. The average mean temperature was 59.7 degrees, 1.5 degrees above normal. We managed to reach 91 degrees on May 28 and dip to 37 degrees on May 4.

The weather forecast today through Friday is an easy one. Mostly sunny, some variable high cloudiness at times and highs in the pleasant 70s. Mainly light winds. On Friday things change again for the weekend, of course, with a cold low-pressure system dropping down from the Gulf of Alaska.

Showers are on tap for Saturday and Sunday and perhaps a day or two beyond. Highs will drop into the 60s and some snow could fall in the higher Cascades above 6,000 or 7,000 feet. If we get enough cold unstable air aloft over us and a few sun breaks, a thunderstorm may develop. Nothing as serious as those we had last week both west and east of the Cascades.

Enjoy the sunglasses and bright smiles outside this week.


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