But why don't we normally see those clouds over here until the afternoon?
Updated Thursday 3:55 p.m.
As one of the warmest July's on record draws to a close, we gaze ahead to August to find... much of the same thing.
As we reach day 5 of our new 80+ streak, this ridge of high pressure shows no sign of budging, making us wonder if the 12 day streak we just witnessed earlier this month might not even end up the longest of the year.
But aside from the sameness in the temperatures, and plenty of sunshine in the forecast, there is a small wrinkle in the forecast. Small.
Tonight will be mostly clear with lows in the low 60s.
But with the dawn of Friday and August comes our small wrinkle -- some unstable air combining with a weak upper-level system that will likely trigger some thunderstorms in the Olympics and Cascades. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for the North Cascades for potential lightning and outflow winds.
Now, we're watching at least for potential for an isolated thunderstorm to roam over the lowlands too Friday. It's a low risk and if one made it, it'd be like the thunderstorm we saw earlier this month that brought a little lightning but only sprinkles of rain as much of it would evaporate. I'd say keep any outdoor lowland plans as is, but just keep an eye to the skies and your phone for any surprises. But if you're hiking/camping in the mountains, the thunderstorm risk is much greater through the weekend. Thunderstorm threat subsides for lowlands by Friday night.
As for temperatures, Friday should end up in the mid 80s much like today, and then we'll see a *slight* cool down into the weekend as the marine winds bump up a touch that might even bring a brief dose of morning clouds Saturday and Sunday, but temperatures are still expected to reach the low 80s. Certainly nothing that should get in the way of the Blue Angels or the hydro races.
We hang out in the low 80s for early next week and then actually might trend back up a few notches warmer toward the end of the week. Any Seattle-area rainfall has been relegated to photos online or Watching videos on YouTube
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