Updated Monday 4:20 p.m.
I challenged those on Twitter to find a place with more pleasant weather in Seattle than today: 72 degrees, a very comfortable 41 dew point, sunshine and a light breeze. It's like having the mythical 5 aces in poker.
Then someone asked "well, what about Saturday?"
Ummm.... Probably about on par with starting with a 10-2 off-suit -- not the worst, but not a lot of help.
The sunshine and 70s today is fleeting as the weather pattern undergoes a shift that will eventually swing us to the opposite site of the pendulum with increasingly wet weather as we head through the next 7-10 days. But it's a gradual shift...
Tonight will be mostly clear with lows in the mid-upper 40s.
Tuesday will still be partly sunny, but with increasing clouds and even a chance of a light shower late in the afternoon or evening. Highs will drop to the low 60s.
We'll see scattered showers Tuesday night and Wednesday -- especially in the Convergence Zone -- but still nothing major or widespread. These fronts will be weakening as they head in. Highs Wednesday will be in the upper 50s.
Another dying front will limp ashore on Thursday -- enough oompf to bring some light rain at times, but still nothing that's going to be putting dents in any regional rain gauges. Temperatures will top out in the upper 50s again.
We can't promise totally dry Friday but what showers will be there will be few and far between with highs in the upper 50s. It's a bit of a calm before the real weather gets going as a stronger front arrives just in time for the weekend -- what, you didn't think we'd have to pay for 2 sunny days near 70 in April? Steady light rains will develop Saturday morning and while it'll be mostly drip-drop showers through the afternoon, rain will intensify and become more steady and widespread as we get into Saturday evening and night. Highs will drop to the mid 50s.
Rain fans then might suggest the weather pattern becomes akin to a "Royal Flush" with generally rainy weather Sunday through much of next week as a series of weather systems roll through the Northwest. It won't rain non-stop through the week, but our usual pattern of steady rains for 12 hours and then 24-36 hours of showers and then repeat. Highs will stay in the mid-upper 50s.
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