Updated Thursday 2:40 p.m.
"That's the last you'll see of your friendly clouds for a while," Mother Nature cackled as she cleared the skies this morning.
For sun fans, it's good riddance, but by about Saturday night or Sunday, some clouds might be welcome back with open arms.
Today marked the start of the march up the thermometer scale as we expect to summit at the hottest weather of the year so far. Skies will remain clear overnight with lows in the upper 40s to mid 50s.
Sunshine is the rule Friday as high pressure builds in and the air mass heats up. We're still in the manageable range for temperatures are expected to reach the upper 70s to low 80s.
Both Saturday and Sunday will qualify as sunny and HOT! Highs Saturday will reach the upper 80s to low 90s -- and it'll even be baking on the coast in the 80s, so no relief there. Sunday will be even a few degrees hotter as a thermal trough parks over the I-5 corridor and brings in a warming east wind. Widespread 90s are likely in the interior with low 90s around Seattle, but mid-upper 90s south and east. The coast will bake again in the 80s but may see some cooling move in from south to north later in the day.
The thermal trough begins to trek east on Monday, allowing a much cooler day on the coast (60s/low 70s) and some cooling in the interior. As always, it's tough to gauge a high temperature because depending on when the wind shift occurs, it could get really hot or the heat could be cut off during the afternoon. Right now we're going for highs closer to the mid 80s in Seattle, but there is some wiggle room to go about 5 degrees either way on that number.
It will rapidly cool Monday evening and night as the "natural air conditioning" ocean breeze will race inland with some long-lost marine clouds following suit overnight.
Tuesday will be "back to normal" with stubborn morning clouds gradually burning off to sunshine with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s -- the traditional routine of summer time heat waves around here. Moderate temperatures in the 70s are expected for Wednesday as well.
In the meantime, the only cloud you'll have to deal with is the one holding all your online music.
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Today's Record Temperatures