Weather WarningYeah, if the local Washingtonians aren’t complaining about all the supposed rain they get up here, they are complaining about all the sun they are about to get for the next few days!

 

 

 

What really made me laugh is the “Weather Warning” that is being highlighted everywhere…

UNSEASONABLY HOT WEATHER WILL AFFECT WESTERN WASHINGTON TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY…
AFTER A COOL AND CLOUDY SPRING IN WESTERN WASHINGTON… A DRAMATIC SHIFT TO HOT AND SUNNY WEATHER WILL GET UNDERWAY TODAY. WIDESPREAD RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED ON FRIDAY.

TEMPERATURES WILL BEGIN TO CLIMB TODAY… AS A MASSIVE AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE IN THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE BUILDS OVER THE REGION. WEAK NORTHERLY ONSHORE FLOW WILL KEEP TEMPERATURES FROM GETTING REALLY HOT. STILL… HIGH TEMPERATURES ACROSS MUCH OF WESTERN WASHINGTON WILL BE IN THE 70S AND LOWER 80S.

FRIDAY WILL BE THE HOTTEST DAY FOR MANY SPOTS IN WESTERN WASHINGTON… .AND MANY RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. FROM THE COAST TO THE PUGET SOUND REGION… TEMPERATURES WILL RISE INTO THE MID AND UPPER 80S. THE EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS AND THE SOUTHWEST INTERIOR WILL REACH THE LOWER 90S.

TEMPERATURES ALONG THE COAST WILL BE A BIT COOLER SATURDAY… AS THE LOW LEVEL FLOW BEGINS TO TURN ONSHORE AGAIN. BUT HIGH TEMPERATURES OVER THE INTERIOR LOWLANDS ON SATURDAY WILL BE SIMILAR TO FRIDAY.

SUNDAY IS EXPECTED TO BE COOLER FOR ALL OF WESTERN WASHINGTON AS MARINE AIR FROM THE PACIFIC OCEAN SPREADS INLAND. A DEEPER LAYER OF MARINE AIR WILL PUSH INLAND SUNDAY NIGHT… MARKING A RETURN TO MORE TYPICAL MAY WEATHER FOR EARLY NEXT WEEK.

SEVERAL RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN JEOPARDY ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. THE FOLLOWING TABLE COMPARES THE OFFICIAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST WITH RECORD HIGHS AT A FEW LOCATIONS. ASTERICES INDICATE RECORDS THAT WOULD BE BROKEN OR TIED BASED ON THE CURRENT FORECAST.

FRIDAY SATURDAY LOCATION FCST RECORD FCST RECORD BELLINGHAM 83* 78 81* 81 SEA-TAC ARPT 88* 84 87* 85 OLYMPIA ARPT 90* 86 87 90 QUILLAYUTE 83 86 73 82 HOQUIAM 89* 88 74 87 THOUGH IT IS NOT FORECAST… IT IS POSSIBLE THAT SEA-TAC AIRPORT COULD REACH 90 DEGREES ON FRIDAY OR SATURDAY. IF THIS WERE TO HAPPEN… IT WOULD BE THE EARLIEST 90-DEGREE DAY ON RECORD AT SEA- TAC. THE EARLIEST OCCURRENCE OF 90-DEGREE WEATHER OCCURRED ON MAY 20 1963… WHEN THE HIGH REACHED 92 DEGREES.

AFTER SUCH COOL WEATHER THIS SPRING… PEOPLE SHOULD REFRESH THEMSELVES ON BASIC HOT WEATHER TIPS. WHEN THE WEATHER WARMS UP… BE SURE TO SLOW DOWN… DRINK PLENTY OF WATER… WEAR LIGHTWEIGHT AND LIGHT COLORED CLOTHING… AND BE SURE TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SUNBURN BY WEARING SUNSCREEN AND A HAT. BY SATURDAY… THE HUMIDITY WILL RISE A BIT AND MAKE THE AIR FEEL MUGGY. THE ELDERLY AND THE VERY YOUNG ARE THE MOST LIKELY GROUPS TO EXPERIENCE ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS FROM THE HEAT.

WHEN THE WEATHER GETS HOT… IT MAY BE TEMPTING TO JUMP INTO AREA LAKES AND RIVERS… SOME OF WHICH WILL BE SWOLLEN DUE TO RAPID SNOWMELT. KEEP IN MIND THAT LAKE WATER TEMPERATURES ARE STILL IN THE 40S AFTER THE COOL SPRING WEATHER. RIVERS FED WITH SNOWMELT COULD EASILY HAVE WATER TEMPERATURES IN THE 30S. DURING SPRING HEAT WAVES OF THIS MAGNITUDE… IT IS IRONIC THAT SWIMMERS HAVE DIED OF HYPOTHERMIA AFTER JUMPING INTO FRIGID RIVER OR LAKE WATERS TO ESCAPE THE HEAT. DESPITE THE HOT WEATHER… PEOPLE SHOULD STILL USE COLD WATER SAFETY PRACTICES BY WEARING A WETSUIT WHEN GOING INTO SUCH COLD WATERS.

LASTLY… WITH PLENTY OF SNOW STILL LEFT IN THE MOUNTAINS… THE NORTHWEST WEATHER AND AVALANCHE CENTER IS FORECASTING A WIDESPREAD SPRING AVALANCHE CYCLE… AND AN AVALANCHE WARNING IS ISSUED FOR THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. PLEASE REFER TO THE LATEST STATEMENTS FROM THE NORTHWEST WEATHER AND AVALANCHE CENTER AT WWW.NWAC.US