- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The National Weather Service says a handful of cities around northwest Oregon set heat records Wednesday with highs in the mid-80s.

Portland hit 83 degrees - not a record.

A high of 91 was recorded at Florence on the coast. However, meteorologist Dave Elson says there are insufficient records there to say if that’s a record.

The coastal city of Newport hit 86, breaking not only the record for the day but the city’s monthly high temperature mark for April. The previous monthly record was 84 degrees on April 29, 1900.

Other cities setting April 30 records included Salem, at 86 degrees, besting the old high of 83 set in 2004.

McMinnville hit 85, beating a 1998 mark of 84 degrees, and Astoria on the north coast hit 84, besting the record of 75 set in 2004.

Eugene’s high was 82, breaking the old record of 81 set in 2004.

Elson says coastal temperatures should be cooler Thursday, although inland highs are expected to stay warm.

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