Scott's Note: We're letting our weather intern Nathan Santo Domingo, a junior in the UW Atmospheric Sciences Department, get some practice writing weather discussions off our forecast.
Updated: Tuesday, 4:50 p.m.
Right on cue, that morning stratus is burning off all around the region, and with the exception of some high cirrus, the skies over Seattle are beautiful and blue, and this is what we can expect to see for the rest of the week as we close out the month of June. Temperatures around the region are starting to flirt with 70 degrees, and I suspect most spots will hit the low 70s by the end of the day, especially if you’re away from the water. The Phillies are in town for a quick two game set with the Mariners, and Mother Nature decided to give our visitors from the City of Brotherly Love some wonderful baseball weather, temperatures at first pitch near 70 degrees. Out along the coast, the fog and stratus have retreated as the afternoon sunshine warmed the surface, and things are looking gorgeous out there right now with temperatures sitting comfortably in the low to mid 60s.
Along the Strait, temperatures are in the low to mid 60s, perfect for a boat ride or a walk on the beach. Up in the mountains we’re seeing some of the best hiking weather you could ask for, temperatures in the 60s and plenty of sunshine. Across the Cascades into Eastern Washington, the thunderstorms have moved out and temperatures are nice and warm in the upper 70s to mid 80s. More importantly, the winds have died down and that is really helping lower the fire danger as firefighters continue to battle a few fires that were started in Chelan & Douglas County by Monday’s lightning.
Wednesday should be more of the same with morning clouds and afternoon sunshine, and temperatures back pretty much to where they are today; 60s on the coast and in the mountains, and low 70s across the Puget Sound region.
Thursday brings with it a pattern change that will result in weaker onshore flow as high pressure builds along the coast. As result, the sun will break through the pesky morning stratus a bit earlier and this will lead to warmer temperatures as we wrap up the final two days of June. Temperatures on Thursday will be mainly in the mid 70s with the warmer spots in the interior hitting the upper 70s. Friday looks very nice with temperatures shooting into the low 80s across the Puget Sound and even into the 70s for the coast and in the mountains.
The weekend should see a bit of a cool down, back into the low to mid 70s, but I’m sure most of the concern lies a week from today as we bring out the barbecues to celebrate the Fourth of July. As of right now, Independence day looks pretty good! A weak low pressure system moves through the region on the third with high pressure building behind it, so as things stand right now we should be looking at a dry night for fireworks and family fun. The question remains how quickly can we get rid of the morning clouds, and so far it looks to be pretty similar to today, with the clouds retreating in the mid-afternoon and temperatures breaking in the low 70s around dinner time.
Enjoy the sun and have a great rest of your Tuesday!
Nathan Santo Domingo
KOMO Intern, UW Atmospheric Sciences
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