After having its hottest month ever, the Seattle area is getting a bit of a reprieve — at least for the week.
After an unprecedented number of 90-plus-degree days, and the hottest month in the Seattle area’s history, Puget Sound residents are in for bit of relief.
High temperatures in the mid-70s, or barely reaching 80, are forecast at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport through the week. By Saturday, a chance of showers creeps into the forecast.
When August opened with a 92-degree day Saturday, it marked a record 12th time this year the temperature at Sea-Tac has reached the 90-degree plateau. The previous mark, nine days of 90 or higher, was set in 1958.
This wasn’t just the warmest July that Seattle has experienced, but the warmest month, period.
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July’s average temperature, calculated by adding the daily highs and lows and dividing by two, was 71.2, edging the 71.1 degrees set in August 1967.
There’s still plenty of summer left, so keep the iced tea handy. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center says Western Washington can expect warmer and drier-than-normal conditions for the next three months.