SEATTLE (AP) — They joke that summer starts after the Fourth of July in Seattle, and this year that looks to be true.
“A pattern toward warmer and drier weather looks like it’s in the cards once we get beyond the Fourth,” said Dustin Guy, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office.
Sunshine and normal high temperatures in the 70s should last through the weekend with more on the way.
“I think we’re going to be turning the corner,” Guy said Monday. “And that’s the trend through the middle of July.”
While much of the rest of country baked and wildfires flared, much of Washington had a cool, damp June — also known as “Junuary.” Washington had a few decent days, especially east of the Cascades, but most of the people on the west side kept looking at the calendar and waiting for the climate to catch up with the season.
Sea-Tac Airport recorded it fifth-wettest June with nearly 3 inches of rain. And it was the 12th-coolest on record, with an average temperature of 58 degrees.
“The weather often takes a turn for the better, once we get past the Fourth,” he said.
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