National Weather Forecast
More heavy rain will fall Sunday across portions of the central United States, though some of the heaviest rain across this area is expected to fall Saturday. Storms will also be possible in the Southeast and across New England. The other big story is the heat baking the Northwest through the weekend into the early week timeframe, with all-time record highs possible.
From Saturday through Monday, at least 3-5” of rain could fall from portions of Texas northeastward into southern Michigan. This could lead to flash flooding.
Here’s a day-by-day breakdown of the record heat across the Northwest over the next several days. Many people in the Pacific Northwest do not have air conditioning, so this heat will be even more taxing with the length and severity of the heat. All-time record highs and June record highs could be set in several locations.
ALL-TIME RECORD HIGHS:
- Seattle, WA: 103F (July 29, 2009)
- Portland, OR: 107F (set three times, most recently August 10, 1981)
- Spokane, WA: 108F (set two times, most recently August 4, 1961)
- Medford, OR: 115F (July 20, 1946)
- Redding, CA: 118F (set three times, most recently July 20, 1988)
- Boise, ID: 111F (set two times, most recently July 19, 1960)
- Missoula, MT: 107F (July 6, 2007)
JUNE RECORD HIGHS:
- Seattle, WA: 96F (set three times, most recently June 25, 2017)
- Portland, OR: 102F (June 26, 2006)
- Spokane, WA: 105F (June 28, 2015)
- Medford, OR: 111F (June 22, 1992)
- Redding, CA: 117F (June 25, 2006)
- Boise, ID: 110F (June 28, 2015)
- Missoula, MT: 102F (June 28, 2015)
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