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Sunshine on July 4th again? Never has Seattle had so many in a row

Fireworks light up the skies over Seattle in this long-exposure photo on July 4th, 2016 (Photo: Wild Northwest Beauty Photography / Seattle)

SEATTLE -- It used to be that 4th of Julys were consistently dicey around Seattle, and numbers back that up as Independence Day is statistically the wettest day of July. Since the late 1800s, Seattle averaged a rainy Fourth about every 3-4 years.

But it sure hasn't been that way recently.

As sunshine fills the skies Tuesday with temperatures topping out in the comfortable 70s, 2017 will the the seventh Fourth of July in a row where it hasn't rained in Seattle. The last rainy Fourth was in 2010.

That kind of streak has never happened in the city's records. The previous stretch had been six years set between 1963 through 1968. But even then, four of those years had a trace of rain meaning it at least drizzled or something and kept up Seattle's gloomy 4th reputation.

Not only has it not rained the past seven Fourths, but it's been pretty comfortable. We've had three days in the 70s, two more just under 70 and just the one record-setting scorcher at 92 in 2015 (when it was hot just about every day that summer.)

This year's highs are expected to be in the mid-upper 70s -- just about spot-on perfect if you were to draw up an ideal Fourth as far as outdoor comfort goes.

I'd suggest then making sure to soak it all in, because law of averages suggests we're due for a rainy Fourth in the near future.

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