That cold, windy front that blasted through Sunday night from the north was a taste of what’s to come.
After all, meteorological fall starts Tuesday.
But don’t despair, and don’t pack away your visor or sunglasses just yet.
“Summer will be back very soon,” said Matthew Pullin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.
The front cleared out on Monday, bringing sun to most of the Puget Sound area and pushing temperatures at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to a high of 71 degrees, said weather service meteorologist Johnny Burg.
Tuesday will bring highs closer to 80 degrees, especially near Tacoma and Olympia, as morning clouds give way to afternoon sunshine, according to the weather service.
The rest of the week looks similar, with a chance of clouds in the morning, then clear afternoon skies and warm temperatures. Seattle will start heating up more on Thursday, Burg said, and Chehalis and Olympia could see the high 80s to low 90s near the end of the week.
Labor Day weekend will likely reach into the mid-80s, Burg said. The normal high for this time of year usually hits the mid-70s and slowly drops as we get into mid-September, he said — though he predicted the next few weeks will be warmer than usual, potentially bringing some more 80-degree days.
“Because it’s going to be warm, it’s also going to be dry,” Burg said. “If people are outdoors, be careful with wildfires … Prepare for the heat a little bit.”
He reminded Washingtonians to take safety precautions during the heat: Wear life jackets when out on the water, don’t leave children or pets in parked cars and don’t toss lighted cigarettes out the window.
As of Monday afternoon, 17 large wildfires were burning 114,000-plus acres in Oregon and Washington, the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. Forest Service tweeted.
“Please help our 3600+ firefighting staff on the ground in the NW in knowing where (campfires) are allowed & never leaving them unattended where allowed. Don’t be that spark!” the forest service tweeted.
The rainy season remains around the corner, though, so you might as well use Labor Day weekend to tackle any last summer chores or activities.
Or, just soak up the sun and don’t think too much about fall just yet.