Posted March 13, 2018 at 05:57 AM | Updated March 13, 2018 at 05:57 AM
Although the Portland airport didn’t reach the record-tying 70-degree mark on Monday, (the official high was 69), many Oregon locations hit 70 or warmer including Astoria at 71, Tillamook at 72, Newport at 73, Salem at 72, Wilsonville at 73 and Aurora with the highest metro temp at 74.
Even Seattle bested Portland with a history-making high of 73. It was the warmest high temperature recorded during winter since records began at Sea-Tac airport in the mid 1940s.
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It was fun while it lasted, but it didn’t last long. Clouds move in Tuesday morning with rain spreading inland from the coast during the day. Cooler Pacific air behind a cold front will mix with the rain and bring the high temperatures back down to the mid 50s on Tuesday. The official daytime high will be near 56, but current early morning temperatures are still in the lower 60s for most of Portland. Expect rain on and off through Tuesday evening.
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Showers are on the menu for Wednesday with high temps reaching 54 degrees. Snow levels will sink down to the foothills on Wednesday night and early on Thursday. Elevations above 2,500 will likely see some snow showers by Thursday morning.
Rosemarie Stein | The Oregonian/OregonLive
Portland will see a partly sunny day on Thursday with a few showers likely, especially near the foothills. The high on Thursday will be 57 degrees.
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