UPDATE, 7 p.m. | Today’s high was 85, according to Ni Cushmeer of the National Weather Service.
ORIGINAL POST | Today has been record-breaking hot, but Seattle residents shouldn’t get used to the summer weather just yet, the National Weather Service said.
Seattle’s temperature late this afternoon of 83 degrees broke the previous record set in 1998 and 1976 by 2 degrees, according to NWS meteorologist Josh Smith. Wednesday’s high of 82 wasn’t enough to break the previous record of 85, but it was the first time since Sept. 12 that the mercury went above 80.
The heat broke records throughout the region. Bellingham’s high temperature today of 76 surpassed the previous record of 74 degrees set in 2004 and 1991. On Wednesday, Hoquiam and Quillayute airports, located near the Washington coast, recorded their hottest April temperatures ever with a high of 84 degrees.
The toasty two days was caused by a thermal trough, a region of high pressure, coming from California, Smith said. The average temperature for this time of year is in the lower 60s.
This weekend the weather will return to cooler temperatures and chances of rain, according to the NWS. Air will move from the shore to inland, so it will be cooler because it’s been over the water. Friday’s forecast for downtown Seattle is 70 degrees, with a 30 percent chance of rain in the afternoon. On Saturday and Sunday, the highs are expected to be near 60 with lows in the upper 40s, and a chance of showers.
So don’t get used to the warmth quite yet, Smith said. “The typical temperature for right now is not in the 80s, that’s for sure.”