Updated Friday 3:40 p.m.
Mother Nature to Seattle: "Show's over folks"
The rare late-July rains have moved off to green up some pastures and now we're back to again counting the number of days in a row Seattle might hit 80 or warmer.
A ridge of high pressure in the Desert Southwest -- already bringing record heat there -- will begin to dominate the rest of the West this weekend and through much of next week. Like our last heat event, the ridge is staying to our east, which will prevent the added warmth of an offshore wind and record-hot temperatures, but we'll certainly be hanging out in the 80s again for a while.
Tonight will be mostly clear inland and mostly cloudy on the coast with lows in the mid 50s.
Mostly sunny skies are then the rule from Saturday pretty much through the end of next week. The coast will retain its trickle of marine flow and thus will deal with cloudier and cooler conditions (highs upper 60s/low 70s) than their inland counterparts, but for everyone else, it's basically a sunny start to finish, or if any marine clouds do sneak in (especially west of Puget Sound), brief morning clouds then sunshine.
Highs should reach the low 80s this weekend, warming into the mid-upper 80s through the middle of next week. First sign of cooling is toward the end of the week as the marine breezes pick up just a little, but still remaining warm and no major pattern change noted for the next several days.
So while Mother Nature's show might be over, plenty of good news for the Seafair shows!
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