Thursday could break Seattle's 39-day cold streak; record-breaking heat next week?

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    SEATTLE -- I still have a few tiny spots of snow struggling to hold the memory of last month's snow storms so it might be hard to believe that record breaking heat is possible for next week, but so goes this wacky March!

    Evaporation will finally win the battle of my lawn Thursday as temperatures warm into the mid 50s which may end quite an impressive streak itself. Wednesday marked the 39th consecutive day with below or at normal temperatures in Seattle (technically 38 days were colder than normal and one solitary day managed to reach normal, thanks to a mild overnight low temperature.)

    BUT if Thursday reaches 54 degrees, which is possible, our average temperature will be 47 degrees for the day -- above the normal average of 46!!! It would end the streak that began the moment Punxsutawney Phil crawled out of his home and did not see his shadow, supposedly meaning an early spring.

    Instead, 39 consecutive days of extra winter chill -- at least around here. Score one point for mathematics.

    Yet if we don't manage to break the streak Thursday and it reaches a full 40 days, it'll certainly break on Friday as highs should reach the upper 50s...

    ...which will be child's play by early next week. Forecast models (that whole mathematics thing) predict temperatures well into the 60s around Seattle on Monday with some charts predicting we'll trot out the year's inaugural 70 degree reading on Tuesday! Anything close to that would shatter the record high for Tuesday which is currently 63 degrees set in 1951. Granted, that's a pretty low record high that's ripe for the breaking since the days before and after March 19 have record highs in the 69-72 range, but we'll call it record heat. Spring-like warmth holds into the middle of the week before we come back to Earth toward the end of the week with a chance of rain and highs dropping back into the 50s.

    But can you believe mid 50s might seem chilly by then?!?!

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