You might have been starting to wonder if summer in Seattle was about to be over.

It’s not.

Thanks to what is probably the season’s strongest high-pressure ridge camped over the Puget Sound region, temperatures are expected to climb into the mid- and upper 80s early next week, said meteorologist Art Gaebel of the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Thursday hit 81 degrees in Seattle, which is about seven degrees above our normal temperature for this time of year, Gaebel said.

Things will cool down a bit on Friday and Saturday, he said, but the heat will return Sunday.

Then, things could warm up further as an easterly wind carries the baking heat of the interior to the coast.

By Tuesday, temperatures are expected to reach 88 degrees, which would be a record for that date, said weather service meteorologist Dana Felton. And Wednesday’s high of 89 degrees would tie that date’s record, Felton said.

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These late-summer weather conditions can make it easier for wildfires to start and spread.

“Things are dry this time of year,” Gaebel said. “That’s definitely something to keep in the back of your mind.”

While parts of the Puget Sound region saw some haze from wildfire smoke Thursday, Gaebel said he didn’t think it would affect visibility on the ground too much.

So, go ahead and soak up a bit more sunshine before we settle into the cold, wet, dark of our rainy season.


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