Sunday was one of those classic summer days in the Desert Southwest. The high temperature in Phoenix was 110 degrees -- four degrees above a normal day on June 28, so Sunday was a bit hot even by Arizona standards.
Still, some in Eastern Washington could have headed there to cool off as the region baked in a historical heat wave.
An incredibly hot air mass destroyed high temperature records across Eastern Washington, not only reaching unheard of levels in June, but approaching some all-time heat records as we sit still four weeks short of the statistical peak of summer heat.
The heat wave Saturday wasn't just impressive for the actual temperature readings, but for the time of year. Some of the temperature readings observed across the Pacific Northwest are usually reserved for the peak heat of the summer.
Some spots in Oregon and southeastern Washington broke not just daily temperature records, but all-time June records!
Here are a list of record reports from the various offices of the National Weather Service:
The sight is a bit surreal -- floating clouds that look a bit like jellyfish floating in the skies over the South Sound. An alien species?
No, something much more mundane -- just regular atmospheric physics at work.
Seattle is set to reach the 90s this weekend, but there is relief to be found by making a jaunt to the coast where it's expected to stay in the 70s, or far North Sound where it'll stay in the low 80s. It'll be spread of temperatures similar to the last time Seattle reached the upper 80s in early June.
But a second heat event scheduled for the end of next week into the following weekend also has Seattle set to reach the 90s, only this time, there will be no escape. Even the coast will bake in the upper 80s and 90s.
How does the coast get off scot free in one heat event but not the other? It's all on the wind, or lack thereof.