Here are some of the statistics from the storm:
Updated Thursday 3:45 p.m.
Hey, remember when Seattle's summer was all like sunny and 85 for days on end?
No? Wow, short memory. But just in case, we're about to get another reminder.
Despite the cloudy weather out there today, sunshine is the dominant force of the extended forecast for Western Washington as we nearly repeat a long sunny and warm-to-hot stretch we just finished last week.
Tonight will remain mostly cloudy with a few spot showers roaming around. Lows will be in the mid-upper 50s.
Sunshine starts asserting itself Friday as a ridge of high pressure slowly builds in. We'll still see a mostly cloudy morning and still some clouds mixing in with the sunshine for the afternoon (a fancy way of saying "partly sunny") as we get some debris clouds from a weak system heading into B.C., but all in all a pleasant day with highs in the mid 70s.
We warm further as we head through the weekend as a near identical weather pattern to last week develops -- a hot ridge of high pressure building just to our east, cooking Eastern Washington in upper 90s and triple digits again and warming us by proximity. Highs around Seattle both Saturday and Sunday should reach the low-mid 80s amid plenty of sunshine. (Torchlight parade Saturday night looks perfect with temps in the 70s and clear skies.)
We stay sunny and warm through next week with highs gradually rising a bit to the mid-upper 80s, again much like last week. If you need to dodge the heat, head to the coast, which will once again miss out for a while again as this pattern will allow continued weak onshore flow.
Long range models don't really give a resounding cool down for at least the next 10 days -- there are a few days we could cool a bit with a weak marine push but so far, nothing like the big "chill" we just went through this week. Those hoping for more consistent 60s and 70s look like they'll have to be content with waiting until September :)
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