Heat breaks 54-year-old record

A combination of offshore winds and a high-pressure ridge over Southwest Washington produced record heat in Hoquiam Friday and tied a record near Forks.

The National Weather Service office in Seattle said Hoquiam hit a high of 92 degrees at Bowerman Airport Friday afternoon, which shattered the old record of 89 degrees set on Sept. 7, 1958.

Near Forks at the Quillayute State Airport, the thermometer hit 89 degrees, which tied the record for the date set in 1981. The hottest area was in Vancouver, Wash., which did not set a record but hit 95 degrees.

Dennis D’Amico, Weather Service meteorologist, said the September heat is fairly unusual for the coast.

“The rest of Western Washington had warm temperatures, but it was warmest on the coast,” he said. “We had a pretty good offshore flow, and to get into the 90s this time of the year is pretty rare. It’s a pretty warm air mass.”

Change, however, is on the way. D’Amico said a layer of marine clouds was moving north Friday night from the Oregon Coast.

“You might squeak back into the 70s, but it will definitely be cooler (Saturday),” he said.

By Sunday, the Weather Service forecasts a high of only 61 degrees with rain by Sunday night.