Beneath the climate: Cooldown coming together with the prospect of showers


Properly, right here we’re—the final weekend of August and the final weekend of meteorological summer time. Whereas the warmth appears to have been round eternally, summer time has flown by as a complete.

This 12 months, the heat simply hasn’t appeared to let up, or if it does, it hasn’t lasted lengthy. The graph beneath reveals a yearly depiction (since 1999) of the variety of days with highs 85 levels or increased throughout meteorological summer time (June by means of August).

Again in 2015, we noticed a whopping 11 days with temperatures 85 levels or increased, which is the best on document. This 12 months, we’re tied for second with 9 days. Utilizing the above knowledge, throughout the summer time months, we see round a median of 4 days with highs at or above 85 levels—we’re greater than double that at this level. This additionally doesn’t contemplate the truth that these scorching temperatures can happen outdoors of the official meteorological summer time timeline (for instance, in Might or September).

Now we have just below every week left of meteorological summer time, and in that point, it doesn’t seem like we will likely be including to that 85-degree day whole. In truth, after the warmth we’ve seen the previous couple days, we’re anticipated to get a little bit of a break from the warmth.

Check out following seen satellite tv for pc picture:

For those who look intently, you possibly can see Washington and the clouds which are lining the coast. These clouds are an indicator that “nature’s air-conditioning” is about to kick in for us. In truth, on the time of penning this, it has already kicked in on the coast. As of 5:15 PM on Aug. 25, Sea-Tac Airport was sitting at 88 levels, whereas KPAE was at 84 levels.

However the temperature at Quillayute State Airport? 61 levels. That’s a temperature distinction of over 20 levels. The rationale for that is that onshore circulation has introduced within the cooler air from the ocean to the coast. This cooler climate will start to make its method inland Friday and into Saturday.

Friday is prone to be principally cloudy with temperatures within the low-70s—a lot better than the mid-80s (at the very least for my part). The prospect of showers comes Friday evening into Saturday morning. Nothing too loopy is probably going when it comes to totals, which is typical of this time of 12 months. Highs on Saturday are anticipated to remain close to 70, with a slight improve on Sunday.

An upper-level ridge begins constructing on Monday (which could be seen within the mannequin depiction above), when the hotter, drier climate returns. At the moment, Wednesday seems to be to be the warmest day—with maybe an opportunity at including to the 85-degree day statistic.

Benefit from the cooler climate this weekend! Nature’s air-conditioning is sort of the blessing after a stretch of hotter climate.

Have an awesome weekend!

— By Kelsie Nelson

Kelsie Nelson is a meteorologist and up to date College of Washington graduate who grew up in Lynnwood and now lives in Kenmore. After writing climate blogs as a KOMO Information intern, she found a ardour for writing about climate. You’ll be able to study extra in her weblog and you too can comply with her on Twitter at @kels_wx3. Questions could be directed to Kelsie at



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