For the first 20 days of June, the average high temperature in Corvallis was 69.2 degrees, usually cloudy and sometimes rainy. The temperature hit the 80s once, just barely: The mercury climbed to 81 degrees on June 5.
Tuesday, however, the weather clicked into sync with the season: For the summer solstice, which arrived at 10:16 a.m. to signal the official start of summer, the unofficial high temperature for Corvallis reached the mid-80s.
Kathie Dello, a faculty research assistant at the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, said the same thing happened on the summer solstice last year, after a long-delayed spring.
People had plenty of time Tuesday to bask in the year’s first really warm day: Sunrise was at 5:28 a.m., and the sun didn’t set until 9:02 p.m., making the 15 hours and 34 minutes of daylight the longest of the year. From now until Dec. 22 — the shortest day of the year and the winter solstice — we’ll lose about a minute of daylight every day.
No rain is in today’s forecast and the high temperature is expected to be in the low 80s. And the forecast for Thursday includes a 20 percent chance of rain. However, the weekend forecast calls for dry weather with highs in the low 70s and a mix of clouds and sun.