So much for the 'rainy' season -- could October finish dry?

SEATTLE -- I guess you might be able to deduce that Mother Nature got all of her early autumn rains for Seattle out of her system in September. As fresh off the heels of the wettest September on record, October is looking like it'll finish among the drier months in the record books.

A very strong ridge of high pressure has built into the West Coast and while it'll take a few minor punches from weak systems over the coming days, the prevailing theme is for dry weather with several days of sunshine.

In fact, some extended forecast models are suggesting the dry weather could hold for the next two weeks, perhaps even finishing off the entire month with the same amount of rain in the rain gauge as we have today (1.44 inches) -- although the models don't quite stretch all the way to November yet and things can change. But the ridge looks dominant.

So for the next several days, expect varying amounts of morning fog giving way to gradual sunshine with fog most stubborn in the valleys. A weak system may bring some extra clouds around for midweek, but sunshine becomes plentiful again as we get into the end of the week and the weekend.

By the time we get to Friday and into the weekend, afternoon temperatures should reach well into the 60s with perhaps even some low 70s in the warmer spots. Record highs for the period for Seattle are in the 69-72 degree range so we'll at least flirt with them.

November is the wettest month of the year and as we've seen this year already, we tend to pay with interest for prolonged dry streaks but for now, it's sunny as she goes...