June 27, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Hot, dry stretch ahead, Fourth of July looks promising
Two things you may want to know about the weather headed our way:
It’s going to be hot. High temperatures are expected to rise through the weekend, through the low 80s on Friday and Saturday, into the upper 80s on Sunday and Monday, and rising, possibly into the 90s on Tuesday or Wednesday – with some areas of Western Washington having a chance of hitting 100 degrees on Wednesday.
- Unless there’s a dramatic atmospheric shift, the warm, dry stretch is likely to continue through next Thursday, pleasing those headed to Fourth of July fireworks shows.
- National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Schneider said it’s tough for climate models to predict temperatures more than a couple of days out, particularly in extreme conditions. He said meteorologists study several weather models, looking for consensus, and use their own experience and judgment in issuing forecasts. Although one computer model indicates it could get to 100 or higher around the Puget Sound area by Wednesday, Schneider said “that’s not a high percentage forecast for Seattle.”
If it hits 100 anywhere in Western Washington, that may be most likely to happen about the middle of next week and in the southwest interior – areas around South Puget Sound and away from the water.
Normal high termperature for Seattle at this point in June is 72 degrees.
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