Expect significant warming this coming weekend with the hottest temperatures yet this year.
SEATTLE — Washington was stuck in a persistent cool, wet weather pattern throughout the spring season.
Rainy days were common in May and June, more resembling an autumn weather pattern. There has been 6.44 inches of rain in the past two months It is the second wettest since records began. Only 1948 had a wetter May and June, and this June is the ninth wetter in 78 years.
This cool, wet weather pattern is finally showing signs of at least a temporary closure, which is fitting as Tuesday 21st June is the official first day of summer.
Temperatures this working week will be mostly in the upper 60s, with Tuesday set to see the warmest temperatures of the week ahead of the big weekend warm-up.
Tuesday could reach or possibly eclipse the warmest day of 2022 to become the warmest day of 2022. The warmest day so far is 73 degrees. Sea-Tac hit 73 degrees twice this year on April 7th and June 2nd.
The current forecast is for 74 degrees on Tuesday.
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Warmer temperatures are possible beyond this working week.
Forecast models show an upper anticyclone, or ridge, building over the Pacific and northwest inland over the coming weekend. This is important as upper high pressure areas cause air to drop, which can result in warm temperatures at this time of year.
These models also suggest offshore winds are developing that allow temperatures to rise well above average as the winds that come down the west slopes of the Cascades dry and warm over Puget Sound and all of western Washington come.
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This is an expanded outlook, so it’s too early to go into the detailed details and exact numbers, but there is growing confidence that much of the Puget Sound lowlands will experience their warmest temperatures yet in 2022 and the early 80’s of the year could experience.
In the interior southwest, temperatures could approach the mid-80s or even warmer. Our friends in the Columbia Basin have seen temperatures well into the 90’s approaching the triple digits.
The Climate Prediction Center’s new 6-10 and 8-14 day temperature forecasts favor a warmer weather pattern. Both forecasts show a high probability that temperatures will favor above-average values for all of Washington during this period.
It’s hard to say how long above-average temperatures will last in western Washington, but it seems we’ve seen a few days of warm temperatures.
It should be noted that this warm-up will not reach the extremes of last year’s heat wave.
https://www.king5.com/article/weather/washington-hottest-temperatures-so-far-next-weekend/281-a1c09368-9027-40d9-a30a-1dd83fff88d0 Washington could see hottest temps so far this year next weekend