Locals flock to the water as record temp hits Seattle
SEATTLE -- The hottest weather we've seen in our region in quite some time is driving a lot of people all across the Puget Sound area to find ways to cool down.
The high temperature hit 93 degrees Sunday at Sea-Tac Airport, the hottest day so far this year. That broke the record of 92 degrees set in 1958. Tuesday's record is not in danger. It is 98 degrees, set in 1979.
It's hot enough that some people are cranking up the A/C in their cars and homes...and looking for places like the spray park at Lake Union to have fun in the sun.
"It's warm. We wanted to escape the heat that's for sure," Joe Palombo said.
Palombo and his young daughter ventured from Woodinville to Lake Union on Sunday. For many families, the spray park is the place to be on a hot, sunny afternoon.
"We came downtown to do the Sunday ice cream cruise and we stumbled across these water fountains and decided to be a little spontaneous," Palombo said.
For mother Rosa Fruehling-Watson, her kids keep cool by kicking it at the wading pool at Seattle Center.
"I think our plan is to go between the pool at the fountain most of the day today," Fruehling-Watson said.
At Madison Park, plenty of people swimming, others are floating and many are just relaxing on the beach.
Back at Lake Union, some people are getting onto the water for the first time this season.
"It's a good way to get out a little bit without getting too wet," said boater Adrien Carre.
A lot of people apparently are on the same page.
"This is the first day of the year we've rented every single boat we have in service already before noon. That's impressive for us," harbormaster Shelby Allman said.
Despite how warm it is, we know many people have been outside this weekend enjoying all sorts of events including the Ballard Seafood Fest and West Seattle Summerfest.
Temperatures in the Seattle area are expected to be in the low 90s on Monday. On Tuesday, highs should drop to the mid-upper 80s in Seattle, then down into the upper 70s to mid-80s for the balance of the week -- still quite warm, but more manageable.