With this summer's heat claiming record after record after record, you had to assume some of the last stragglers to cling to the weather books were doomed.
The last big one finally gave way Wednesday.
Updated Thursday 5:15 p.m
As we say goodbye.... to the summer....
Sorry to get the song "earwormed" (if so, "Gilligan's Island" theme is an effective cure, so I'm told) but as the sunlight fades in the sky today like sands in the hourglass, so are the days of our summer.
A major shift in the weather pattern is now under way that will bring several days of badly-needed rain to the region, and maybe a bit of wind as well.
Clouds will increase overnight with rain developing on the coast after midnight and lows in the mid 50s. Rain will spread into the Puget Sound region by Friday morning and we'll see steady light rains through the day with temperatures dropping into the upper 60s.
A more potent storm will roll through the region on Saturday -- actually shades of a traditional November-type storm with steady moderate-to-heavy rains through the day. In addition, wind is actually forecast to be a factor as well. Yes, I know it's still August, but winds are now expected to gust from the south up to 30-40 mph in the greater Seattle area around midday Saturday and perhaps as high as 40-50 mph along the coast and Northwest Interior. We won't have actually fallen into a time machine, but it'll sure feel like it! It might be enough to warrant a rare summer time wind advisory if current projections hold.
By the time we get to Saturday night, rainfall totals in the Puget Sound lowlands will range from 1-2.5 inches, with 3-5 inches of rain expected in the mountains. Some of that rain will make it into central and eastern Washington as well.
The weather will calm down later Saturday, but just because that storm is gone doesn't mean the rains will stop. We'll see scattered showers Sunday with highs perhaps only in the mid 60s.
Another day of light, steady rain is forecast for Monday, the showers gradually decrease Tuesday and Wednesday with highs still in the mid-upper 60s. Thursday might eke by dry, or at least just isolated showers with hgihs around 70, but more showers return for Friday.
Is summer over? No, we can still get sunny and warm weather into late September and 80-degree weather has occurred even into early October. But it is certainly taking a break!
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