Early morning clouds are expected to give way to sun and blue skies this weekend, before smoke makes its way back to the Seattle region Sunday afternoon.
The Seattle area will get a break from the smoke-filled skies this weekend, but meteorologists say it isn’t expected to last long.
This weekend is expected to be sunny with blue skies and temperatures in the 70s, but smoke and poor air quality will return Sunday afternoon, National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Haner said. Western Washington may also see thunderstorms early in the week.
Wildfire smoke bottled up in British Columbia will be pushed by wind into the Seattle region starting Sunday, making for an especially hazy Monday, Haner said.
Seattle experienced poor air quality most of the past week—at one point beating out Beijing for dirtiest air—and the weather service is predicting low-level smoke could cause air quality to return to unhealthy levels Monday and Tuesday.
Even before the summer wildfire season started, Washington air contained small particles of pollution that are hazardous for health, according to a recent report. Researchers say the summer smoke could become more common in the Pacific Northwest, as warmer temperatures increase the likelihood of wildfires.
Haner said Seattle residents should take advantage of the brief window of relief offered this weekend. Air quality monitoring stations in Seattle were reporting moderate to good air quality on Friday, which is an improvement from previous days. While Saturday morning will be cloudy, Haner said not to worry, as the clouds will burn off by midday.
“It’s almost the best kind of summer day around here, because starting the day off with a few clouds delays the heat a bit,” Haner said.