And it was a very toasty year, rewriting several warm weather records in Seattle.
But when the clock struck midnight Tuesday night*, almost all those records in the books got up, grabbed their stuff, and rode off into the sunset.
Updated Wednesday 4:35 p.m.
How do those in Phoenix do this, day after day?
I don't mean deal with prolonged heat -- 90 degrees there would be met with long sleeves, I'm sure. I mean have to write a new forecast that says "sunny and hot" that looks different enough to prove we actually updated it? One or two days, sure. But two weeks? Maybe I just need to insert random jokes?
Sunshine -- still here. And not going anywhere. Mt. Rainier I'm sure has blown its overtime budget of having to be front and center with no time off behind the clouds this summer.
Tonight will be same as always -- mostly clear. We don’t really even have the marine clouds to help the coast much. Lows will only drop to the low-mid 60s in the city and a Heat Advisory is in effect, which... I'm not sure anyone needs any advising by this point, it's pretty obvious.
Thursday will bake just like today - maybe even a couple degrees warmer since we have a head start. So we expect high to get into the low 90s around Seattle. Who says summer begins on July 5th?
We should see some *slight* cooling on Friday and 4th of July Saturday as a weak trough goes into northern B.C. and yadda, yadda not like upper 80s is that much better. So yes, a sweltering 4th is on tap.
Then for Sunday, the forecast models have returned to the idea of an east wind boosting temperatures even more. Looks like highs in Seattle will reach the mid 90s with upper 90s likely in the warm spots. This time, the coast will bake too. No escape. Sorry.
The only trade off I can say for getting into the mid 90s with the east wind is that it might actually generate a marine push of some actual force when it dies that could finally cool us off early next week. I don’t think Monday, while it should be a little cooler, will qualify but there is hope Tuesday and much of next week will get us back to normal-ish, or at least what passes for normal these days, which is probably low 80s.
Hopefully something new comes along, otherwise I'm pasting this forecast for next week's discussions :)
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