Thanks for the visit, summer. See you next year.

After Monday hit a high of 70 degrees in Seattle, Western Washington will see a mix of sun, clouds and chances of showers with pleasant highs in the upper 60s and low 70s over the next two days.

“It’s definitely going to feel like fall on the first day of fall,” Dana Felton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle, said Monday. Autumn officially begins Tuesday.

By Wednesday, we’ll be unmistakably in the wet season as a new weather system dumps as much as an inch of rain on some areas, Felton said.

That same system could bring the Puget Sound region its first wind advisory of the season, Felton said, and gusts on the coast could reach 40 to 45 miles per hour.

We’ll see more scattered showers and potential thunderstorms Thursday, said NWS meteorologist Justin Pullin, before another major wet weather system comes through Friday.

“Yep,” Felton said of the new season, “we’re off and running.”

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Clouds will likely linger throughout the weekend, before the sky begins to clear out next week, Pullin said.

“With this being the first decent rain of the season, and especially with leaves starting to turn and fall … we want to make sure folks clean drains and gutters to allow water to flow properly,” Pullin said. “If not, it’ll lead to some localized flooding that’s caused by poor drainage.”

Meanwhile, most Washingtonians finally took a breath of fresh air this weekend after almost two weeks of watching wildfire smoke settle over the area. However, several spots in Clark, Klickitat and southern Yakima counties continue to report air quality in the “moderate” or “unhealthy for sensitive groups” categories, according to a Monday blog post from the state Department of Ecology.

“These are due to smoldering fires nearby,” the post said. “Even though fires are not puffing smoke like they were, low-buoyancy plumes are still draining some smoke into nearby cities.”

The “relatively low-grade” impacts — compared to last week’s air quality — will likely continue on-and-off through late Tuesday, before Wednesday showers “knock back the fires,” the department said.

Wetter weather over the past couple of days has helped firefighters in Washington and Oregon, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC), which tracks fire incidents.

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The potential for “new significant fires will remain low over the region for the foreseeable future due to moderation in fire danger and fire weather,” the center said in its daily update.

As of Monday morning, NWCC was still reporting on three active Washington fires, down from a high of 13 last week:

– The Big Hollow fire, which has burned 24,788 acres 15 miles northwest of Carson, is 65% contained.

– The Inchelium Complex, which has burned 19,399 acres a mile north of Inchelium, is 78% contained.

– The Cold Creek fire, which has burned 616 acres 38 miles west of Yakima, is 35% contained.


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