Updated Wednesday 4:35 p.m.
What are these wet drops on my windshield? Someone watering a lawn with an overzealous hose nearby?
Nope, it was actual raindrops -- something we haven't seen in a while. If you dodged the showers today, don't worry, there's more on the way as summer finally is showing some chinks in its armor.
Skies will remain cloudy overnight with scattered showers developing. Lows will be in the mid 50s.
Thursday will being with rain at times, tapering off for most as we head into the afternoon except those of you in the Puget Sound Convergence Zone area between North Seattle and Everett who will likely keep the showers around through the evening. Highs will only reach the upper 60s.
This weak trough moves out for Friday, which could still see a few isolated showers early but we'll dry out and begin to clear some of the clouds by afternoon for partly sunny skies. Highs will warm into the low 70s.
As has happened the last few weekends -- really since Bumbershoot -- sunshine and warm temperatures return with a big ridge of high pressure. Saturday should see highs near 80 if not a little above in the warmer spots, and Sunday should warm well into the 80s as a thermal trough gets going strong.
We'll cool a bit to near 80 for the last day of summer (Monday).
Could that really be summer's last gasp? Autumn officially begins after 10 p.m. Monday night and the forecast for Tuesday and beyond doesn't have any '8's in front of it. In fact, long range models are now suggesting a visit from the jet stream and perhaps a series of weather systems rolling in through the end of September into early October. We'll see if that holds. Earlier runs from this week had been leaning more sunnier and warmer for the end of the month (this is why we don't do a 14-day forecast) but between the two, I'd say the calendar is the tie breaker and would lean toward: Hello, Autumn!
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