36 days since we've last had significant rainfall…
23 days since we've last had a high below 70 degrees…
18 days since we've had a traditional cloudy day…
12 days in a row with highs above 80 degrees…
A record-tying 5 days in a row at 90 degrees…
Updated Monday 3:30 p.m.
I'd say "there's light at the end of the tunnel" but in this case, it might be reversed: There's some dark clouds at the end of the light...tunnel...and...well maybe this wasn't the best metaphor.
Let's just say it this way: THE END OF THE HEAT WAVE IS IN SIGHT!!
It's just...three more days away, but at least the last numbers in the extended forecasts don't start with '9' anymore.
Actually, we did a little damage to the heat wave today, courtesy of a sneaky marine push that brought in some cooler ocean winds overnight and managed to chip our expected sixth day in the 90s today back down closer to 85. It's enough to at least knock off a little of the heat momentum and should keep us out of the 90s now the rest of this week.
Tonight will be mostly clear but hazy as we get still get occasional wildfire smoke drifting through. Lows will be in the upper 50s.
Tuesday should be a near repeat of Monday with some brief morning clouds then hazy sunshine with highs in the mid 80s or so -- the air mass is still warm to reach 85 with the morning clouds.
The ridge of high pressure that's been dominating the weather for the past two weeks then begins its swan song. Wednesday is still expected to be quite warm as the marine breeze slackens a bit -- so even though the air mass will cool a little, the lack of marine flow will still likely, mean a slight bump back up a degree or two in high temps to the mid-upper 80s. The air mass cools further Thursday with highs sliding down to the mid 80s. If this all verifies, this will be our 15th consecutive day at 80 or warmer, tying the all-time record.
A resounding marine push comes in Thursday night as the ridge finally gives out final gasps and that will mean Friday will actually begin cloudy region-wide. It won't be a very thick marine layer so still plenty of sunshine for the day but now highs will drop to the upper 70s to low 80s.
Saturday is then looking, well, let's call it pretty amazing -- at least call it the summer most of us signed up for: Morning clouds but plenty of midday and afternoon sun with highs in the mid 70s to near 80. It was getting to be I never thought I'd type that again, but here we are.
Sunday into Monday's forecast is a bit interesting as in some models actually bring a chance of showers Sunday into Monday. It's new and too early to really buy it yet, but it'd sure be welcome. We're going to stick with dry as that's been the majority rule for those dates but it does look cooler with highs now in the mid 70s.
The long range model then keeps things pleasant into early next week. There are some inklings of a minor warm up in the middle to end of next week but at this point, nothing screaming 90. And if you want to believe the super long range models -- which you do at your own peril, but I want to type this anyway -- there is perhaps a little like cold-front-trough-of-low-pressure rain out there some two weeks from now. We'll see if it holds. I suspect there might be a party if it does :)
Follow me on Twitter @ScottSKOMO and on Facebook for frequent updates on Seattle and Puget Sound area weather.