Updated 5:45 a.m. Tuesday
It wouldn't be a holiday weekend around the Sound without a good dose of cloud cover, but even though we held on to a stubborn blanket of gray, the Memorial Day ceremonies, Folk Life Festival, and family picnics went off without a hitch. Naturally, now that it's time to head back indoors to work and school, things will start to brighten and warm throughout Western Washington...
Today will be a transition day toward warmer and brighter weather. There is a still a small area of low pressure rotating over Eastern Washington, and showers will wrap around it again as it moves south toward Boise today. Some of the showers will include afternoon hail, lightning and heavy downpours, and we'll have to watch the burn scar areas closely to make sure the heavy rain doesn't result in flash flooding there. Most of the thundershowers will stay east of the Cascade crest, and this side of the mountains should see a more docile pattern of morning clouds followed by limited late day clearing. Afternoon highs will inch up today from Everett to Olympia, with temps maxing out in the middle 60s for most.
Higher pressure and higher temperatures build in as the week goes on, and many communities will close in on 70 degrees by Wednesday. Thursday and Friday should prove to be even warmer, with middle to even upper 70s around the Sound. The last weekend of May looks just fine, but at this point, the forecasting models are hinting at a chance for showers to kick off the month of June by Monday.
Have a wonderful morning,
Meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell
The KOMO4 Forecast Team