It’s official: Shorts weather has arrived.
A high-pressure ridge off the Washington coast is expected to steer clouds away from the Northwest all week, producing dry days and highs in the 70s through next weekend.
“It looks like this is going to hang around for a while,” said Steve Reedy of the National Weather Service.
The Weather Service forecasts a high near 72 today, followed by 79 on Tuesday, which could be the warmest day of the week. Tuesday’s highs could reach into the 80s in inland areas and the Cascade foothills.
Other SeaTac highs forecast this week: 77 on Wednesday, 73 on Thursday, 72 on Friday, 74 on Saturday and 71 on Sunday.
Each of those would be above the normal high for early June, which is 68. But none is likely to set a record; 90-degree days aren’t common in early June, but they have occurred.
This week’s early start to summer is an unexpected blessing for many longtime Seattle residents, who have become accustomed to cool and damp June weather.
And the warm weather could keep on coming: The 30-day outlook by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for temperatures above normal, and precipitation below normal, in Washington state.
The official start of summer in Seattle will be shortly after 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 20.