Although Thursday was the hottest day of the year so far, it wasn't a record for the date. That was set in 1961, when the mercury topped 97 degrees

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Temperatures reached 89 degrees on Thursday, making it the hottest day in Seattle yet.

The temperature was predicted to only reach 86 degrees — that’s what the National Weather Service (NWS) said Wednesday — but it edged a bit higher by Thursday afternoon.

While Thursday was the hottest day of the year so far, it isn’t a record. That was notched in 1961, when Seattle reached a sweltering 97 degrees on July 12.

The next couple of days should be a little cooler, according to Logan Johnson, a Seattle-based weather-service meteorologist with the NWS.

Seattle can expect a break from the heat over the weekend with temperatures five to six degrees lower on Friday and Saturday, ranging in the low to mid-80s, Logan said.

Logan said hotter temperatures could return Sunday and Monday.

The heat come on the heels of fire bans that some counties have put in place as a precaution. On Tuesday, a wildfire in Eastern Washington was one of the first to prompt federal aid during this wildfire season.