Seattle’s gloomy July weather is actually completely normal
Where is Seattle’s sunny weather? That was the question on the minds of many when another rainy day moved in Wednesday. But according to historic data, the weather we’ve been seeing is actually completely normal for July.
“To put things in perspective, at Sea-Tac Airport, July is actually running above normal temperature wise and is nowhere near the top 10 coolest,” the National Weather Service Tweeted Wednesday morning.
July 2019 is currently tied for the 48th coolest for the month on record, and just the 29th wettest.
For even greater perspective, Seattle’s average high temperature in July is just a shade under 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Across both highs and lows, the month averages 67 degrees. In 2018, the month averaged 70 degrees, and as late as July 19, had a day where temperatures didn’t get above 68 degrees.
July 2017 was even cooler, averaging 67 degrees across the entire month.
July 2019 is actually on pace for a completely normal month, averaging just over 73 degrees for highs, and 66 degrees combined between highs and lows.
So when will sunshine kick in this year?
For some, the perception is that things generally start heating up directly after the 4th of July holiday. At the National Weather Service, the unofficial end to cloudy weather is July 12.
Neither has proven to be accurate so far, but sunshine could soon be on the way.
“[KIRO 7 meteorologist] Nick [Allard] personally assured me it would be here Saturday. You would think only the Chief Meteorologist could issue a statement like that, but power structures are being upended everywhere these days,” KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross joked.
“Dave and I have declared it so,” Allard agreed.
The NWS may have even better news, predicting a “warming trend” set to kick off Thursday, before things get even warmer through the weekend.
“By Sunday, temperatures will be 8-20 degrees warmer than today,” it stated on Twitter.