The first heat wave of the summer in the South Sound is forecast for Friday, with temperatures expected in the 80s through Tuesday.
“The forecast is calling for temperatures to cool back down to the upper 70s by Wednesday, mid-70s by Thursday,” National Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg said Thursday.
Friday’s temperatures should reach 81 degrees at the Weather Service’s Sea-Tac Airport Station.
The hottest day next week is expected to be Tuesday, with a high of 89. None of the days should bring record-breaking heat, though, except possibly Monday. The forecasted high is 87, which would tie the record for that day.
“We have high pressure that’s coming over us, and its influence usually means for us dry, sunny weather,” Burg said. “We’re getting into the time of year where it’s supposed to get warm, but we’re not forecasting any 90s for Tacoma right now.”
The average arrival of the first 90-degree weather in the area is July 4, he said, though the earliest it’s ever been recorded is May 17, in 2008.
South Sounders looking to escape the heat this week can visit Metro Parks Tacoma spraygrounds, which are open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Titlow Park and Franklin Park opened their spraygrounds this year. A list of other locations and more information is available at www.metroparkstacoma.org/spraygrounds/.
The weather might be warm, but the Weather Service advisory about the heat wave warned would-be swimmers that lakes and rivers won’t be.
“The rivers, they’re still running fast and the waters are cold still, so people need to be careful about that,” Burg said.Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268