Air quality will likely take another hit for our Thursday. Northern winds are taking smoke from local fires burning in the Cascades and throwing it to the south. Oakridge has been most impacted with air quality to be “unhealthy” at times Thursday.
The Willamette Valley should be under some blue skies with a bit of a haze in the air. High temperatures will warm into the middle 80 for Thursday. Friday will stay in the middle 80s. Hazy skies may linger into Friday as well. Cooler temperatures start settling into the valley for the weekend. Lower 80s and upper 70s are possible for both Saturday as well as Sunday. Come Monday, for the solar eclipse, skies should remain sunny. A few high clouds are possible in the morning, though at this point, they should clear away quickly before the eclipse.
The Oregon Coast will see upper 60s and lower 70s for the next few days. Smoke should stay out of the region, so air quality to remain good. Patchy fog is possible in the morning for inlet locations, but any fog to appear will burn away quickly leaving behind sunshine. A minor cool down arrives this weekend, but only drops temperatures by a degree or two.
The Umpqua Valley should see a hit to air quality for Thursday. “Moderate” air quality will make up Thursday and possibly Friday. High temperatures will reach the lower 90s each day. For the weekend, upper 80s are possible with a few high clouds overhead. No rain is on the way. Monday, for the solar eclipse, should see clear skies with only a minor opportunity for clouds early in the day to block the eclipse.
Updated Wednesday evening by meteorologist Travis Knudsen on August 16, 2017.
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