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Published on May 27, 2024
Portland Memorial Day Weekend Forecasts Mild, But Showers May Dampen Plans Later in the WeekSource: Google Street View

As Memorial Day beckons with the promise of a partly sunny sky and warm temperatures reaching up to 77 degrees, locals and visitors in Portland, Oregon, can look forward to a pleasant day for their outdoor commemorations. The light west northwest winds will complement the mild climate, ensuring flags flutter at half-staff in a gentle, respectful rhythm, according to the National Weather Service.

But the city that prides itself on keeping weird might need to keep an umbrella close at hand as the evening ushers in increasing clouds, bringing the temperature down to a cooler 53 degrees with north northwest winds slowing to a whisper by midnight; an overt reminder that in Portland, the weather is as unpredictable as its vibrant street art. The latest update from NWS, notes a turn as tomorrow promises rain after 11 a.m., with mostly cloudy skies and a high of 65 degrees making way for a 60 percent chance of precipitation—though the expected rainfall isn't likely to exceed a tenth of an inch.

The intermittent showers seem set to stretch their stay through tomorrow night, mainly before 11 p.m., continuing the week with a touch-and-go forecast that includes a 50 percent chance of showers on Wednesday, breaking into partly sunny spells. Temperatures will plateau at a comfortable mid-60s, while the winds hold steady, signaling a ceaseless dance of clouds and sunshine above the City of Roses.

Portland's residents will be granted some reprieve towards the latter half of the week, with a 20 percent chance of showers Wednesday night before the skies clear into a more definitive mostly sunny Thursday, ushering in a dry spell with a high near 70 degrees; looking ahead, the weekend promises similar conditions with highs expected to hover around the mid to upper 70s save for a slight chance of rain by Sunday, completing a cycle of meteorological fickleness that manages to surprise yet conforms to the familiar temper of the Pacific Northwest climate.