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Seattle is expected to get a taste of summer heat Tuesday with near-record-breaking temperatures.

The National Weather Service predicts the high will reach 88 degrees, just below last year’s record high of 89 degrees for July 1.

“We’ll enjoy a nice warm spell, then it’s going back down to normal for the Fourth of July,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Michalski said. “It’s only going to last about one day.”

The holiday is expected to be rain-free, with clear skies perfect for the fireworks shows Friday night.

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Michalski said Tuesday’s expected temperatures will be far from the all-time hottest the city has ever seen. That record was set on July 29, 2009, when the high was 103 degrees. Still, Tuesday’s expected heat is rare for this early in the summer, he said.

Area temperatures are expected to steadily drop after Tuesday into the low 70s for the Fourth, when we can expect a high of about 73 degrees and a low of about 54, Michalski said.

Although Friday should be perfect for fireworks and barbecues, later in the weekend a front may bring in a few light showers and clouds. Look out for rain Saturday night and Sunday morning, Michalski said.

On the whole, June this year was especially dry and warm, according to the weather service. The average temperature was about 1 degree warmer than usual, and rainfall was about 0.8 inches below normal. June had one day that broke 80 degrees last week.

The dry spell comes after record levels of rainfall earlier this year. According to the weather service, Seattle saw the wettest February-to-April on record, with more than 19 inches of rain falling at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where Seattle’s official weather data is recorded.

Erin Heffernan can be reached at or 206-464-3249.

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