Updated Monday 3:35 p.m.
We've now entered the dry zone.
As if the string of golden orbs above on the extended forecast weren't enough proof, the week between Seafair Torchlight Parade and the Blue Angels/Hydro races is statistically the driest time of the year in Seattle, with rain about once every 10-12 years.
This year is following the script to a T.
We're locked in a very stable weather pattern that features a huge ridge of high pressure that has pushed north from the Desert Southwest, bringing some of its heat with it. We're lucky as we've been a few times in the past two years that the ridge is centered just to our east, instead of overhead or to our west, else we'd be challenging heat records and maybe 2009's heat again.
As it stands, the pattern is a very warm one, but not going to challenge any records.
The forecast for the next seven days features nearly identical conditions: Pretty much full sunny days and clear nights in the I-5 corridor, with occasional late night/morning clouds along the coast east to about Hood Canal. The marine breezes will remain very weak through the period, but have small daily variations that will drift our highs down or up 2-3 degrees, but let's call it mid 80s as a general rule, with a day in the upper 80s or low 80s possible here and there.
Warmer days Tuesday and the weekend, and the slightly cooler days for Wednesday-Thursday but really, you're going to be hard-pressed to notice the difference.
That means clear skies expected for the Blue Angels' performances (about time! They've had some clouds to deal with in recent years' past) and be sure to pack the sunscreen for the hydros.
Long range models show perhaps a little cooling next week as the marine breezes bump up a bit, not nothing significant on the horizon.
(See, not impossible to write a long discussion when the forecast is the same every day :) )
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