Daily Archives: July 19, 2009

Crankin’ Up the Heat!


Remember this blog post when we get to next weekend so you can look at the above picture while sucking on a popsicle next to the fan…

We can’t consider this summer a good one without having at least ONE good heatwave and it appears this upcoming week will feature just that. I believe this is one of the ways Mother Nature is saying “I’m sorry” for providing an extended period of clouds and cooler temperatures earlier this month. In any case, get ready for some very warm temperatures to occur in two spurts:

1) Early this week

2) Next weekend

In some ways, this heatwave is actually coming a little earlier than expected and it’s taking a slightly different form than first imagined. So here are the details:

Tomorrow and Tuesday will feature similar weather: mostly sunny skies with highs in the low to mid 80s—pretty typical for mid July.

Wednesday and Thursday we are going to enter a brief intermission as our ever-so-famous marine push moves through, dropping temperatures into the upper 70s/low 80s Wednesday and mid to upper 70s on Thursday with partly sunny skies.

Friday is the recovery day with temps warming up into the low to mid 80s, but not warming much beyond that because of the recent marine push but the BIG story will be this weekend. Models have generally converged on a very hot solution for the weekend which could challenge some records across the area. Just to give you an idea of what we’re talking about, Sea-Tac’s record high temperature on Saturday is 94 degrees from 1988 and 92 degrees on Sunday from 1971.

At this time, I think we’ll at least break one record, and that is most likely to occur on Sunday. Regardless, I expect widespread 90s by this upcoming weekend which means you gotta hit the pools early! Overnight lows will be in the 60s, so expect warm nights as a result of this heatwave as well.

Long range models break down the 90 degree readings by early next week, but we do remain in the “very warm” territory with 80s persisting for a while.

Definitely stay tuned for updates! The closer we get to this monster, the more information we’ll have.

Have a great evening,

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap