(accuweather.com)—Record highs will likely be shattered through the Northwest, including in cities such as Seattle and Olympia, Washington; Portland, Salem, Eugene and Medford, Oregon; and Redding, California. A few records in jeopardy date back to the 1950s and 60s.
Highs are forecast to reach the 70s and 80s F across northern California, Oregon and Washington through Wednesday.
On Sunday, Seattle reached a high temperature of 80, which was last achieved on Sept. 12, 2015. San Francisco reached 83, a new record high for the day.
Even in some of the higher elevations, daytime temperatures will climb into the 50s and 60s, quite a contrast from the snow and cold that affected the Washington and Oregon Cascades this past week.
Seattle and Portland both climbed to the upper 80s and set new record highs on Monday.
This April has broken the record for the most days with a high temperature above 75 degrees at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. During 1987 and 2004 there were three such days at the airport. Through April 18, 2016, there have been four such days.
Abundant sunshine will complement the warming temperatures, giving area residents an excellent opportunity to get outside and enjoy the warm spell.
The warm and dry conditions will be a far cry from the cool, damp and dreary weather that affected the region last week.