Last week’s rain had many Seattleites groaning that one of the nicest summers in recent decades had finally come to an end.
But if this week’s forecast is any indicator, summer isn’t done with us yet.
A high-pressure front drawing warm air off the mountains will bring back toasty temperatures and dry weather during the week and into the weekend, said National Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg.
The weather service is calling for a record high of 90 degrees in Seattle on Wednesday, which would break a 2009 record of 87. That should be the hottest it gets, Burg said, but the whole week is expected to be sunny and warm.
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After some fog in the morning Tuesday, skies should clear and highs in the mid-70s to lower 80s are forecast. Tuesday night is expected to remain cloudless, with temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s.
After the unusually hot Wednesday, the weather service predicts Thursday will bring more sunshine and temperatures in the 80s.
Clouds could come in Thursday night and hang around through Friday morning, and daytime temperatures are forecast to drop to the 70s. Friday afternoon will see skies clear, forecasters say.
Saturday is expected to be partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-70s to low 80s.
The clouds will return Sunday, bringing a chance of showers. Still, it will be pretty warm: Highs are expected to be in the 70s.
Such nice weather isn’t exactly out of the ordinary for this time of year, Burg said. With the autumnal equinox not until later in the month, he said there’s a little more summer to be had.
“It’s not too uncommon that we would get a little heat” in September, Burg said. “Usually it’s October when we’re like, ‘OK, summer is over.’ ”
Next week will bring cooler temperatures, when the high-pressure front leaves and cooler air from the shore moves in, according to Cliff Mass, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.
But he, too, warned against writing off summer weather too quickly.
“Summer goes through the end of September here,” he said. “It really does.”
Colin Campbell: 206-464-2033 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter, @cmcampbell6