Sorry we can’t promise you a warm weekend, but hang in there, sunshine is on the way.
By the middle of next week, temperatures into the mid-70s are forecast throughout Western Washington. And some areas south of Olympia or in the Cascade foothills might see highs approaching 80 degrees, said Danny Mercer, National Weather Service meteorologist.
“We have high pressure building offshore, and that should keep weather systems from moving into the area, giving us a chance to dry out,” Mercer said.
For the immediate future, the Seattle area is looking at off-and-on showers through today and into Saturday. Then skies are expected to gradually clear, offering a partly sunny Sunday with highs in the mid-60s.
As the warming trend continues, highs in the Seattle area are forecast in the low-60s Monday, mid-60s Tuesday and into the 70s Wednesday and Thursday.
Early indications are that the area could stay dry into next weekend, although temperatures are expected to drop.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where official readings for the metro area are taken, has yet to have its first 70-degree day in 2013.
The warmest day so far was Easter Sunday (March 31), when Sea-Tac topped out at 69. Some other areas around Puget Sound did make it into the 70s that day, including a high of 72 in Olympia.