Portland could break temperature records this weekend with temperature in the 80s

Portland could experience record high temperatures this weekend as extended summer weather stretches into mid-October.

The National Weather Service predicted a high of 83 degrees at Portland International Airport on Saturday, which would shatter a record 82 degrees set in 1971.

Tomorrow could see a high of 82 degrees. John Bumgardner, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Portland, said that would break a record set in 1996.

The average temperature from early to mid-October in Portland hovers around 68 degrees.

“We’re pretty above par,” Bumgardner said.

On Friday, Portland narrowly missed the heat record set in 201

Bumgardner said that in 1991, Portland experienced a similar period of balmy days in the mid-80s in October.

Beyond the heat, the Portland area also doesn’t have much rain in the forecast. Bumgardner said there was a 20% chance of rain Monday evening through Tuesday, but otherwise the extended forecast “looks pretty dry.”

“Usually at this time of year,” Bumgardner said, “we’ve had our first rain already.” The area saw some rainfall last week, but it wasn’t pouring rain.

“Usually when that happens,” Bumgardner said of the first rain, the “pattern shifts drastically” toward a cooler, wetter Pacific Northwest existence.

It hasn’t happened yet.

-Andrew Theen