It looks like we’re going to get at least one more blast of hot summer weather.
Temperatures are expected to be in the 80s on Friday and near 90 on Saturday and Sunday in the Puget Sound region, according to the National Weather Service of Seattle.
Additionally, a fire watch will be in effect Friday and Saturday. The combination of high temperatures, low humidity and a breeze from the east could contribute to rapid spread should a fire start, said meteorologist Gary Schneider.
Even the coast will be warm, he said, with highs approaching 90 on Saturday.
Temperatures in the Seattle area are expected to be in the 70s on Thursday, which is close to what has historically been normal for this time of year, he said.
On Friday, however, we’ll start to warm up with an offshore flow of wind from Eastern Washington. That will bring the high temperatures in Western Washington into the mid-80s, said weather service meteorologist Jeff Michalski. The heat will intensify Saturday with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s from the coast to the interior, he said.
An onshore flow will begin Sunday and bring cooler temperatures to the coast but will take another day to reach the Puget Sound region, he said. In the Seattle area, we are expecting to see another day near 90, Michalski said.
That hot, dry wind, the warm temperatures and the dry vegetation and fuel present at the end of summer create the potential for critical fire conditions, Schneider said.
By Monday, we should see a return to our near-normal temperatures, with highs in the 70s, Schneider said.