Toasty temperatures expected across Puget Sound today
July 28, 2009 · Updated 3:49 PM
Get ready for some sizzling weather today and Thursday.
Record temperatures of 100 degrees or more are forecast for parts of the Puget Sound region, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.
Temperatures on Whidbey Island aren’t expected to be as high as in Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia, thanks to the marine air and offshore breezes, but mid-90s wouldn’t be a surprise, said meteorologist Jim Prange.
Edmonds is expected to reach a high of 98 degrees, and Everett a high of 97, according to forecasters.
A high of 92 is expected today in Oak Harbor, where temperatures are recorded near the water at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
“Either way, it’s going to be hot,” Prange said. “Once you get away from the water, it’s going to warm up dramatically.”
An upper-level ridge is producing hot, dry conditions across the region all week, with record highs likely through Thursday, the weather service said.
Slightly cooler temperatures are expected later in the week and on the weekend, but they will still be above average.
Seattle’s record-high temperature for the day is 100 degrees. Today’s high temperature in the city is expected to equal that, and may reach as high a 104, Prange said.
Thursday’s temperature is also expected to reach 100 in the city.
Although thunderstorms and rain occurred in the evening on Whidbey late last week, no precipitation is forecast for the coming days.
The current weather pattern is similar to two other record-breaking hot spells in the region. In August 1981 there were five consecutive days with highs in the 90s, and in August 1977 there were 15 consecutive days of highs above 80.
This week’s hot streak continues a pattern of recent high temperatures on the island. The highest temperatures this past week were on Central Whidbey and the North End: 86 degrees at Crockett Lake and 85 degrees at Polnell Point, according to the WSU Island County Extension Service.