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Temperature record broken after all

Highest average temperature, not most 90 degree-plus days

The average temperature of Portland’s summer, which ends Monday evening, made it the hottest season ever recorded for the city.

Portland’s 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 year’s 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 year’s 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 firefighter’s efforts as the region receives some much-needed rain.

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