Friday’s temperature reached 95 degrees, blowing away the previous Aug. 19 record of 89 degrees. And it didn’t cool off very much overnight. But temps are expected to dip starting Sunday.
We’re having a heat wave.
Friday’s daytime high of 95 degrees “annihilated” the previous record of 89 degrees set last year on Aug. 19, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dana Felton.
The second-warmest nighttime temperature in history was also recorded Friday. The overnight temperature at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport didn’t fall below 69 degrees.
The news comes in the middle of what forecasters have said will be a three-day stretch of sunny skies and heat across the region. Meteorologists expect temperatures in the Seattle area to reach 95 degrees again on Saturday.
“Six degrees over the record high in summer is a big jump,” Felton said. But he noted that 95 isn’t the hottest day ever. That was on July 29, 2009, when the thermometer reached 103 degrees. The temperature that night didn’t get below 71 degrees, the warmest night dating back to 1890.
With the region facing continued heat Saturday, the National Weather Service has issued an “excessive heat warning,” as well as a “fire weather watch” for most of Western Washington.
The state Department of Natural Resources on Thursday banned campfires on all land it protects, including state parks and state forests. The ban, effective through Sept. 30, and includes beaches in the Seashore Conservation Area as well as many of the state’s coastal areas.
The heat wave is expected to break Saturday night with a dramatically cooler temperature of 77 predicted for Sunday. The cool, marine air in the Seattle area is expected to extend into next week.