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5 Mar 2015
Temperature record broken after all
Highest average temperature, not most 90 degree-plus days
The average temperature of Portlands summer, which ends Monday evening, made it the hottest season ever recorded for the city.
Portlands summer of 2014 which nearly broke a record for 90-degree days in the metro measured out to an average of 71.1 degrees when combining morning lows and afternoon highs.
Temperatures were first recorded in Portland in 1890.
The mark eclipses the previous record set in 2009 by a full degree.
A factor in the years record-setting heat: temperatures often failed to substantially cool overnight.
Portland recorded 47 days with morning low temperatures at or above 60 degrees, surpassing last years record number of 45.
The summer swelter combined with the lack of rain across much of the Pacific Northwest has lent itself to a destructive wildfire season still roaring near populated areas of Estacada and Forest Grove.
Showers predicted for much of the week should aid firefighters efforts as the region receives some much-needed rain.
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