Updated 5:45 p.m.
The rain was coming down so hard last night that it woke me up and I thought to myself: "Wait a minute, did I sleep all the way through summer?" Kind of makes you wonder if this is really July. Consider this: We have nearly .75" of rain in the gauge today, so officially this is now rainiest July 23rd ever recorded in Seattle! The old record is .54" set in 1949! However you can rest assured that summer weather will be staging a comeback quickly.
Tonight there will be little evidence of that as the heavy rain showers continue as does the chance of thunderstorms. Overnight low temperatures are expected to be in the mid 50s, which is not surprisingly rather cool for this time of year. There is still a chance that some rain will be around as we start the Thursday morning commute. However as the day proceeds showers decrease and we start to see partly sunny skies. High temperatures should get back to 70° but that might be a struggle.
Friday is the day that summer begins to reassert itself. We go back to mostly sunny skies and afternoon temperatures climb back into the mid 70s, essentially back to normal. Summer really re-establishes itself for the weekend. Saturday through Tuesday look for a lots of sun and high temperatures near 80.
The current freezing level in the Cascades is down to 7,500 feet. That's about as low as it's going to go and it will be back up to 10,000 feet by Friday. Still, if you have recreation plans in the mountains, be prepared for cooler than normal.
The cooler weather and rainfall is helping firefighters in Eastern Washington. However there are still some thunderstorms expected which raises the specter of potential lightning strikes and flash flooding. In fact. There is a FLASH FLOOD WARNING. Until 10:00pm in the fire area. High temperatures on Thursday will be in the low 70s and it will be windy at times.
So maybe we should just consider this rainy spell as just summer taking a little time off and now we won't have to water our lawns for a few days.
Have a great Evening!
Steve Pool KOMO Weather