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Today's Forecast

Updated: Sunday, 5:25 p.m.

In spite of increasing clouds, Puget Sound warmed up a bit on Sunday, with highs back to either side of 60 degrees around Seattle and Tacoma by late afternoon.  A warm front helped usher in the milder temps, but at the same time, it eventually brought some rain to much of Western Washington.  The light precipitation falling at the coast curled toward the I-5 corridor by evening, and most of us will wrap up our weekend with drizzle and gray skies.  Thanks to the blanket of cloud cover, overnight lows will drop only into the 40s--not nearly as chilly as last night.

Remember last week's 'Mild Monday'?  We'll go for a repeat tomorrow.  After some lingering light morning rain, skies will clear and temps will soar.  Mostly sunny skies will push the urban core into the low 70s--a great day for getting outdoors if you can stretch the weekend a bit longer...

A cold front moving through on Tuesday will knock our temps down pretty quickly.  Clouds and periods of rain will force temps to drop closer to 60° again in Puyallup and Bellevue by Tuesday afternoon.

After that, we'll wrap up the month with isolated April showers, and highs on Wednesday and Thursday will stay in the upper 50s to low 60s as the stray showers alternate with spring sunshine.

Friday is May Day, and it should be a decent day to drop off some May baskets!  There will still be a chance for a stray shower, but at this point, the forecasting models are hinting at a warm-up by the first weekend of the new month.  With partly cloudy skies, highs look like they'll stretch back into the middle 60s by Saturday and Sunday.

Have a great night!

Meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell
The KOMO4 Forecast Team

Scott's Blog

Weather Smoke from Siberian wildfires turns Northwestern sunsets a fiery red (Photo Gallery)
The scenes have almost felt like they're out of Hollywood imagination -- brilliant red sunrises and sunsets the last couple of days around Western Washington.

Why so red? It's a byproduct of the massive wildfires that recently burned a large area in Siberia.

The atmospheric winds are aligned this week to carry the smoke across the Pacific Ocean and into the Pacific Northwest.

First up, to get an idea of just how much smoke is in the atmosphere, look at this visible satellite image taken on April 14 of the southeastern Siberia area where the wildfires got out of control:

Credit: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Adam Voiland.

Where did the smoke go? This graphic is a model trajectory tracing back the air pattern across the Pacific Ocean over the past week. Note the air from the wildfires makes somewhat of a bee line toward Seattle (with a brief stop for a loop-de-loop in the central Pacific:)

Amazingly the smoke is still quite intense when it gets here -- check out this high-resolution satellite image from Saturday and note the haze over Washington and British Columbia:
Weather Weather blog: Hot, dry summer now the prohibitive favorite
Just like a song that has the same verse over... and over.... and over...

and over....

Here comes the fresh 90 day forecast from the NOAA's National Climate Prediction Center and the the same. In fact, it might be even more declarative: May is going to be hot and dry. Late spring is going to be hot and dry.

The summer is going to be hot and dry.

The autumn will be... warm.

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