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Northwest To Experience an Early Taste Of Summer

Temperatures could top 80 degrees in parts of Oregon, Washington and Idaho on Thursday.
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Temperatures could top 80 degrees in parts of Oregon, Washington and Idaho on Thursday.

The Northwest is in for an early taste of summer Thursday and Friday. Highs could top 80 degrees in parts of Oregon, Washington and Idaho. That would set records for the date in a lot of places.

Forecaster Colby Neuman with the National Weather Service in Portland said it's thanks to winds from the east that are blocking cooler air that typically spreads into the region from the ocean at this time of year. But Neuman added that the unseasonably warm weather isn't necessarily a sign of things to come.

"The warm spell now doesn't really correlate or predict what our summer's going to be like in terms of temperatures or precipitation,” Neuman said.

The mild temperatures are prompting warnings that even though it's warm outside, waterways are still flowing cold with mountain snow melt. That means people who want to escape the heat should use extra caution if they want to cool down in the region's lakes and rivers.

The early-season warmth should be short-lived. Temperatures are expected to fall back to normal by Saturday, with a chance of showers west of the Cascades.

Copyright 2016 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman covers the Oregon state capitol for JPR as part of the Northwest News Network, a group of 12 Northwest public radio organizations which collaborate on regional news coverage. Chris graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He began his career producing arts features for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and has been a reporter/announcer for NPR station WNIJ in DeKalb, Illinois. Chris has also reported from overseas, filing stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.