Seattle area gets three consecutive 100-degree days for first-ever
Two people jump from a pedestrian bridge in Lake Union Park into the water during a historic heat wave in the Pacific Northwest. (AP Photo / John Froschauer)
After two days of record temperatures, the heat wave in the Puget Sound area draws to an end on Monday.
Temperatures in Seattle have reached 100 degrees shortly before 4 p.m. on Saturday, then again on Sunday just after 2 p.m., reaching 104 degrees and, at the time, setting the city’s all-time record for its hottest day ever. By 11 a.m. on Monday, the Seattle area had hit triple digits again. Prior to this last week, the city had never experienced consecutive 100-degree days.
Seattle is set to break the record for its highest temperatures on Monday again, with highs likely to be between 110 and 115 from Seattle to Olympia, and hover around 105 degrees in Bellingham. Areas east of Lake Washington will be the hardest hit, however, with “high temperatures around or just above 115 possible,” warns the National Weather Service.
“The climax of the historic Pacific Northwest heat wave is expected today,” he noted in his forecast Monday morning. “There is still great confidence in many places that have smashed all-time highs this afternoon. “
The NWS has an excessive heat warning in effect until Monday afternoon for most of western Washington, the Cascades and most of the Peninsula.
“Heat apocalypse. What more can we say? “University of Washington climatologist Cliff Mass said in a blog post on Sunday, summing up Monday as a day of” unimaginable extremes. “
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He also predicts that it is “not inconceivable” that parts of eastern Washington could reach or exceed 118 degrees on Monday, which would be the highest recorded temperature the state has ever seen.
The sum total is what Mass calls “one of the most incredible weather situations in many decades”, with temperatures “beyond the experience of any inhabitant of the region”.
“Honestly, it’s hard to believe my eyes,” he said in a separate blog last week. “This is unprecedented and dangerous meteorological territory.”
The overnight lows also offered “little to no relief,” describes the NWS, with most parts of western Washington in “the mid-1970s, with a few places still in the 1980s” around. 2:30 am early Monday.
If you’re looking to escape the heat on Monday, the NWS says it will likely be about 10 degrees cooler in parts of the state “directly near the water,” particularly around the coastal region.