Seattle heat could break records Wednesday

FILE photo of Seattle Skyline. (Photo: Nanda Morse)

SEATTLE -- The hottest stretch of weather so far this year is upon us and looks to continue a few more days before we finally get back to some semblance of normal. But perhaps not without breaking a record or two along the way.

Fresh off the 88 degree heat on Sunday, Seattle was poised to reach the upper 80s and maybe even low 90s on Monday. And after perhaps a couple degrees cooling on Tuesday, we'll warm right back to near 90 on Wednesday. High pressure is firmly in charge and that has brought in a very warm air mass. So warm that we're flirting with 90 without the aid of the east winds that usually are needed to boost highs over the 90 degree mark.

The record high on Monday is 94, set in 2004. That appears safe as does the record high of 92 on Tuesday. But the record high of 89 on Wednesday sure looks vulnerable.

The good news is while we're baking in the interior, the lack of east wind means there is nothing to hold back the afternoon and evening sea breezes, so places near Puget Sound will remain somewhat cooler -- in the upper 70s to low 80s. And the coast and Strait of Juan de Fuca areas will offer respite from the warmth here with localized ocean breezes keeping highs in the 60s to low 70s.

This inaugural heat stretch ends ironically about the same time as summer officially begins early Thursday morning. A stronger marine push will bring in cooler ocean breezes into the interior on Thursday, knocking highs down to the upper 70s. Long range forecasts then suggest we return to a rather extended period of pleasant weather much like we had before the heat stretch began: Sunshine after varying amounts of morning clouds, with comfortable highs in the 70s; maybe a day here and there nearing 80 and a day here and there with stubborn clouds keeping highs near 70.

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