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Weather Eye: Mild temps, mostly sunny skies for holiday weekend

The first day of July wasn’t much different from the last day of June. We struggled with the afternoon temperature only reaching 67 degrees — nearly 10 degrees below normal. And of course, we had to start the month off with measurable rainfall of .04 of an inch as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

So, what’s up with that, you say? Tell me, dear weatherman, tell me. As I raise my eyebrow and let out a huge sigh, I shake my head. It is the same old pattern we had in June with cold unstable air sliding down the chute, so to speak, along the British Columbia coast and rushing inland over Clark County. Cool from northern regions and moist from off the chilly ocean waters.

We endure one more day of this foolishness before weak high pressure builds ever so slowly over us Friday. This would provide us with at least mostly sunny skies Friday afternoon and sunny to partly skies Saturday and Sunday and of course, Monday, which would be a bonus.

You’ll notice how I mentioned “weak high pressure.” If it were stronger, we would be having highs in the 80s and 90s like July can provide. But no. Our highs over the long Fourth of July weekend will be near normal plus or minus. We should be at 76 or 77 degrees daily now. I’ll call for 75 to 80 degrees Friday through Monday. Knowing all along that 80 will be another struggle.

But hey, no complaints. As long as skies stay mostly sunny and we have no raindrops falling from the sky, I’d say all is good.

Looking ahead into the first two weeks of the month, a cool pattern remains, offering no hot weather. And yes, of course a chance showers could develop without much notice next week. Kind of blah.

Taking a short look backward to June, we find it was just about normal with the overall temperatures but did not measure up to each of the past five years where we were much above normal. Our 3.40 inches of rain was well above average and the wettest June since 2012. We tend to forget those months.

Enjoy the holiday, be safe and sound.


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