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Published on May 20, 2024
Portland Braces for Rainy Week, with Brief Respite before Tuesday DownpourSource: Facebook/City of Portland, OR

Portland residents can partially smile at the partly cloudy skies and a high creeping up to 69 degrees today, according to the National Weather Service. However, don't put away your umbrellas just yet, as the forecast promises to quickly turn to rain by Tuesday. In a recent update, the National Weather Service warns that calm winds are set to become northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight, clouds are expected to gradually increase, with a low settling around 47. The wind, originating from the northnorthwest at a gentle pace of 5 to 7 mph, will look to calm down after midnight. Tuesday will bring rain, set to start mainly after 11 a.m., with a 90% chance of precipitation and new amounts ranging between a tenth and a quarter of an inch.

Tuesday night showcases a likelihood of showers before 11 p.m., dipping to a low around 48 while the wind shifts from south southwest around 6 mph to west after midnight. With an 80% chance of rain, the forecast doesn't promise much respite, though less than a tenth of an inch of new precipitation is expected.

The mid-week outlook isn't getting much brighter; Wednesday threatens showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11 a.m., with a high near 61. The west-southwest wind will blow mildly at 5 to 9 mph, potentially gusting as high as 18 mph. Although the chance of showers persists at 60%, rainfall isn't predicted to exceed a tenth of an inch, unless thunderstorms decide to significantly add to the totals.

Portland as of now should not anticipate seeing consecutive days without a drop of rain until Thursday, which promises partly sunny skies and a more agreeable high of around 68 degrees. The clouds, however, are set to make another appearance by Thursday night, with a low near 49.

For those planning for the week ahead, you might want to keep your plans flexible. The NWS forecast indicates that Friday through Sunday also comes with chances of showers, casting a mostly cloudy shadow over the last days of the week. Temperatures are expected to hover in the mid-60s, accompanied by occasional peaks of sunlight.