Updated Wednesday 4:30 p.m.
It's the most asked about question in Seattle right now...well, behind: "Who will play the Seahawks on the season opener?" (Sounds like it's the Packers)
"When will this rainy pattern end?"
The short answer is: Not anytime soon, but we do have a few breaks squeezed in the forecast.
The current break that was midday Wednesday is over and now that the rains have returned they'll be around through the night, courtesy of a passing warm front. Lows tonight will be in the mid 40s.
Steady rains linger into Thursday morning then taper to frequent showers in the midday and afternoon hours with an cool, unstable air mass triggering perhaps a few thunderstorms with hail too (although the latest models aren't as sold on thunderstorms as they were yesterday). Oh, and the obligatory Puget Sound Convergence Zone that will keep picking on the area between Seattle and Everett with additional rain. Highs will be in the mid 50s.
A mix of showers and sunbreaks are in the offing for Friday with sunbreaks more dominant than the showers and highs in the mid-upper 50s.
Now, about those other kind of breaks -- the break-in-the-rainfall breaks -- looks like we might actually squeeze one out now for Saturday, or at least most of Saturday. Latest forecast models are starting to push back the arrival of the next front until Saturday evening or even Saturday night. So we could eke out a majority of Saturday dry with highs in the upper 50s.
The payback will be a rainy Saturday night and probably more frequent showers now on Sunday with highs in the mid-upper 50s
Monday should check in similar to Friday with frequent sunbreaks and infrequent showers. Tuesday looks drier too with just a couple of lingering showers as a weak front nicks the area as highs both days climb into the low 60s.
Then comes the sun fans' turn: Long range models are showing a quick warming trend, courtesy of a bit of a thermal trough, for the middle of next week that should not only bring blazing sunshine but highs well into the 60s if not into the low 70s.
It won't last too long -- cooler, showery weather return for the end of the week, unless sun fans manage to complete a Hail Mary and... well, sometimes those turn out OK :)
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