Updated Monday 4:55 p.m.
Well, it wasn't exactly a traditional day that you would think would have broken a record high for the day, but Seattle did indeed accomplish the feat -- a 61 degree high Monday, breaking the old record of 60 set in 2013. We can thank that surge of east winds that warmed the air along the I-90 corridor; many other spots not warmed by the wind were in the more typical upper 40s to mid 50s. (And then again, only 8 degrees above the normal high of 52 -- it was pretty low-hanging fruit to topple some day soon.)
Record highs are about all we have to get excited about, as the weather remains in a surprisingly benign pattern for November. It'll remain gusty in the foothills through the night, but winds will continue to gradually ease as the night progresses. Otherwise, just a partly cloudy night with lows in the 30s in the outlying areas to 40s in the lingering east windy spots. Some of the usual nighttime cold spots could touch down near freezing, so keep that in mind.
Tuesday will remain grey with another weak system approaching. Rain will arrive on the coast during the afternoon, but looks like we'll hold onto dry weather in the Puget Sound region until late Tuesday evening or Tuesday night with highs in the mid 50s.
It's not a very exciting storm, and we'll just see some scattered showers through the day Wednesday with highs in the low-mid 50s.
Another weak system will sneak in on Thursday with a continued chance of showers but fewer showers than Wednesday and leaning more toward Thursday afternoon and Thursday morning. Most areas will dry out Thursday night, but some models indicate a Puget Sound Convergence Zone will keep rain going in the King/Snohomish County areas until around Friday morning or midday before they dry out too. Highs will stay in the low 40s.
Then lo and behold, it looks like another dry weekend on tap. I guess we're regressing to the mathematical mean after all those rainy Saturdays in the spring and summer. But both Saturday and Sunday are looking mostly sunny with some morning fog with highs around 50 and lows in the 30s. Dry weather holds into early next week but then long range models suggest a return to a more active pattern is in the offing -- just in time for Thanksgiving. Doesn't look too stormy, but it'd be nice to get some semblance of November weather before November is done!
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Today's Record Temperatures