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Weather Eye: Comfortable temperatures for rest of week

Thank goodness we had those high clouds move up from the south Sunday otherwise we would have made 100 degrees or higher. However, the humidity was up and, yes, even a few sprinkles were falling while temperatures were in the mid-90s. I was out in the Ridgefield area and counted 12 raindrops on my windshield.

While we topped out at 96 degrees Sunday, Seattle set a new record at 98 degrees. On Saturday Vancouver reached 99 degrees, just short of our second 100-degree reading this summer. The record high Saturday was 103 in 1933. Without the clouds Sunday, I’m sure we would have at least tied the record of 100 degrees set in 2012.

Some relief was felt Monday with a high of 91 degrees, our 12th day of 90 degrees or better this summer. We generally have about 14 or 15 90-degree days each year, so close to average. I don’t see any 90-degree weather this week as we experience more onshore flow of air keeping us in the 80s. There is still a risk of showers early Friday, not much but perhaps settling the dust once again like earlier this month.

Of course, the incoming weather system will be entering a dry air mass and could fizzle, but we have fingers crossed for at least a little moisture to freshen things up. After that, we warm up over the weekend into the mid-80s.

We have two scenarios next week. The hot high pressure to our south builds northward again and we shoot up into the 90s, or a trough of low pressure drops down over us for cool showers. At this point it’s a toss-up. We’ll dive into that later this week.

Monday the warmest I could find in our state were Omak, Pasco and Richland at 106 degrees. Way too hot for me. Wildfire danger is extreme with temperatures like that but cooler temperatures and higher humidity should help. Although, it will be windy east of the mountains the next couple of days.

Enjoy the cooler weather, and we’ll chat on Thursday.


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