SEATTLE – It’s been a relatively cool start to spring, but it’s all going out the (open) window later this week through to the weekend as the region’s first battle at 80 degrees seems to be in sight.
It is a more typical spring week resulting in warmer weather with showers in the forecast mid-week. But as soon as we get into Friday, the warmth comes. A moderately strong thermal trough will build up the Pacific coast and reach West Washington during the day on Friday. Not only will that clear the sky for a full sunny day, but it will also start to bring in some east wind.
Those who have been here long enough know that these are the magic words for raising the temperature as they not only keep the ocean breezes at bay, but the air gets warmer and drier when it is for the I-5 die Down the western slopes of the Cascades, corridor and Olympic mountains for the coastline sink.
The highs seem to hit around the mid-70s on Friday, but Saturday is the best shot yet to hit 80 degrees in the Puget Sound region – although it will be close. Currently, computer projections managed to hit maybe 80 in the city in the upper 70s, with better chances of reaching or crossing 80 in the usual warmer spots along and east of I-405 closer to those toasty easterly winds. Warm weather, with highs near 80 lasts through Mother’s Day Sunday, before models with long-term projections suggest that we will resort to cooler, rainier weather again early next week.
The forecasting model just looks warm, doesn’t it? There are many signs that the # Seattle area could reach 80 degrees this weekend! #wawx
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– Scott Sistek (@ScottSKOMO) May 4, 2020
It is the second year in a row that temperatures of around 80 degrees will prevail from May 9th to 10th. The record high on Saturday is 83 … in 2019. The record high on Sunday is 86, also in 2019, but seems safe at this point.
Of course, enjoying 80 degrees is an additional challenge this year. It will be the first weekend all state and many local parks reopen after the lengthy closings due to the state’s orders for the stay at home, and of course, it’s Mother’s Day weekend that presents recipes for large crowds that lead to one Wanting outside time is not recommended. Government officials stress that despite the tempting weather, you should make sure you maintain at least 10 feet of social distance. If one place is too crowded to do this, find another place.
This article first appeared in KOMO News.