This July goes down as the 2nd hottest on record at Sea-Tac Airport if you count by average temperature (high+low divided by 2) or 4th hottest if you just want to count high temperatures.
Updated Friday 3:45 p.m.
A little band of a few raindrops snuck through the Puget Sound region this afternoon and it was akin to when you'd play soccer in the streets as a kid -- everything goes along until a car approaches -- someone yells "Car!" and we all step aside to the curb, wait till it passes, and resume play.
The car has passed and we now return you to your regularly-scheduled sunny outdoor activities.
Tonight will see clearing skies early then the regular routine marine clouds west of Puget Sound toward dawn. Lows will be in the upper 50s.
Saturday will feature a return to sunshine with highs again in the low-mid 80s. We do still have a risk of thunderstorms in the mountains again, but the lowlands risk is gone.
Marine breezes temporarily bump up a notch for Saturday night and that could mean a brief period of morning clouds for Sunday but sunshine will rule much of the day. Highs will drop to the low 80s with the later start to the sun.
For early next week, temperatures bounce back to the levels we've been seeing the past several days (mid 80s-ish) as the weather pattern reverts to what is becoming "summer normal, 2014" -- weak onshore flow, but still plenty of sunshine.
This ridge of high pressure may be weakening a bit as we head into the end of next week and the following weekend, allowing more in the way of marine clouds and perhaps a high temperature in the upper 70s for once - although for now we're still sticking closer to 80. Long range models have been hinting at after a brief break from the heat, we may actually bake a bit beyond the mid 80s for a couple of days as a thermal trough develops. Still early for that but it has been sort of in the "signal" of the long range models for a few days.
So...keep those water bottles handy for those outdoor games :)
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