Updated Tuesday 4:15 p.m.
Missing: Middle ground.
After 23 days of nearly dry weather, we're going full-tilt to the other end of the spectrum Wednesday as a potent storm rolls inland and brings a good, soaking rain to the region.
A few fashionably early showers have been here through the day and that will remain the case overnight with lows in the mid-upper 50s.
Rain will arrive from the south by around dawn Wednesday and... just chalk up the day to a rainy one. Rain showers will be moderate to heavy at times with scattered thunderstorms possible in the afternoon and evening. Forecast models indicate anywhere from a half inch to inch of rain possible around the Puget Sound area, potentially breaking our record daily rainfall of 0.54".
We'll also see rain in the Cascades and in Eastern Washington, where a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for much of Chelan and western Okanogan Counties. Scattered thunderstorms could bring heavy rains there and make for rapid flooding or mud flows in areas scarred by recent wildfires.
Rain tapers to showers Wednesday night but will linger through about midday Thursday before we rapidly dry out and begin a bounce back to a sunny and warmer pattern. Expect highs around 70.
By Friday, it's back to sunshine after some morning clouds with highs in the mid-upper 70s. And then this weekend it's back to what July has been for much of the month: sunny and warm. Highs both days will be in the low-mid 80s with the sunny and warm weather holding into early next week.
As for middle ground, I guess it's just going to be the day in between switching from rainy and cool to sunny and hot :)
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