This has been the warmest first half of January recorded in Seattle, according to the National Weather Service.
If you feel like it’s been a mild winter so far, you’re not imagining things. Seattle just had the warmest first half of January ever recorded here, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.
“The average high temperature at Sea-Tac (International Airport) for the first 16 days of January was 51.8°,” the weather service tweeted Thursday.
The warmest day so far this year was Friday, Jan. 11, when the high climbed to 61, Felton said.
“A 60-degree day is pretty rare in January,” he said. “There have only been 16 in the 75 years of records at Sea-Tac.”
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There were, however, a few cold mornings: Lows dipped to 33 degrees on Jan. 1, 32 degrees on Jan. 2 and 31 degrees on Jan. 15, he said.
Seattle could reach the low 50s again Saturday, according to the National Weather Service’s website.
While temperatures may remain warmer than average, at least one thing will return to normal: Rain is expected across the Seattle area through at least Tuesday, though the probability dips a bit over the weekend.
Seattle finished 2018 with an average high temperature of 62.3 degrees, making it the fifth-hottest year on record in data going back to 1948 at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The only warmer years were 2015 (63.4 degrees), 2014 (62.6 degrees), 2016 (62.5 degrees) and 1992 (62.5 degrees).