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September 2, 2014 at 5:56 AM

Warmest July-August on record in Seattle

The average temperature in July and August in the Seattle area this year was a record-setter, according to the National Weather Service.

What’s more, the average high temperature was 80 degrees, just shy of the record set in 1967.

The average daily temperature measured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from July 1 until Aug. 31 was 69.2 degrees. The previous highest average temperature for the same period was in 1967 with 68.8 degrees, says the Weather Service.

Last year’s average daily temperature for July and August was 68.7 degrees.

During this two-month span, the average daily high temperature was 80.0 degrees; the average daily high temperature for this same period in 1967 was 80.2 degrees, the Weather Service said.  The average low temperature in the Seattle-area during this two-month span was 58.4 degrees, the second warmest on record. During the same period last year the average daily low was 58.5 degrees.

“It’s been a warm summer. We didn’t have any extreme heat waves, but it’s been consistently above 80 degrees,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Gary Schneider said this morning.

Even though you were greeted with gray skies and chillier temperatures in the Seattle area today, don’t put away those sandals and shorts just yet.

“We have a fairly vigorous storm system for this time of year moving in from British Columbia this afternoon. We’ll get showers and then we dry out and warm up tomorrow afternoon through the weekend,” said Weather Service meteorologist Kirby Cook.

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid 60s Tuesday then gradually move back up, reaching the mid-70s by Friday. Summertime sunshine returns on Saturday, with temperatures reaching the 80s. The temperature will dip back to the 70s on Sunday, Cook said.

Next week is expected to start with gray skies and a chance of rain showers.

“Winter is coming. We’ve been pretty lucky it’s been a nice summer,” Cook said.

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