Mini heat wave to hit Western Washington this weekend

Aug 6, 2022, 9:07 AM
Photo from the National Weather Service...
Photo from the National Weather Service

After a record-breaking six days of 90-degree weather last week, Western Washington finally got some relief this past week of cooler weather in the 70s, but according to Matthew Cullen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, a second smaller heat wave is set to start Aug. 6.

“We’re looking at highs back into the 80s, about 81 or so on Saturday, and back into the mid-80s around 85 on Sunday,” Cullen said. “Certainly looking at a Monday, still remaining probably in the mid to upper-80s all the way through Monday before another cooldown comes in next week.”

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The heat won’t last long though, with the weather and rain returning to what we can all expect in the Pacific Northwest in August.

“At this point in time, it does look like there’ll be another weak weather system around midweek. What that will do is bring back more of the clouds in the morning even brings some slight chances of rain and temperatures back either just near or slightly below normal,” Cullen said. “So beyond that, it’s really hard to say it depends on how the weather pattern shapes up and kind of what develops as the other one or our area the longest. But for now, at least it looks like a return to at least the more typical near normal pattern.”

It is unlikely that we will see another crazy heat wave though, according to Cullen, with the summer winding down. He made it clear that despite the summer having another little heatwave, it is important to use sunscreen and stay safe.

“Think that it’s pretty clear at this point that both how warm it will be and the length of how long it will be warm won’t match what we recently saw last month,” Cullen said. “But that said, if you’re going to be outside for any period of time, it’s important to remember to stay hydrated.”

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Mini heat wave to hit Western Washington this weekend