Umbrella? Check. Shorts? Check. Sunscreen? Check.

Wait. Sunscreen in April? What is going on?

A big high pressure system, that’s what. Local meteorologists say the next couple of days could be the warmest of the year for the Portland area as a high pressure system meanders its way through the Northwest.

“The record warmest April high temperature at the Portland airport (1940 to today) is 90 degrees set on April 30, 1998,” says Steve Pierce of Northwest Weather Consultants in Vancouver, Wash. “That record is likely to stand. However, on Thursday the ridge will anchor itself directly over the valley and many locations will challenge or exceed their daily record high temperatures for Thursday. The record high temperature at the Portland airport for May 1 is 85 degrees set back in 1998. Portland should easily eclipse that with a forecast high of 88 degrees.”

Tuesday’s temperatures reached the upper 70s in some parts of the region and could hit 80 or higher today, according to KOIN 6 News morning meteorologist Riley O’Connor. By Thursday, though, Mother Nature is going to turn up the heat.

“Thursday looks like the day to put a new one in the books,” O’Connor says

Don’t get too comfortable. Forecasters say cooler weather is headed back into the region by Friday, with wet weather expected during the weekend.

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