The heat wave that scorched the South Sound with record-breaking temperatures Monday should be coming to a close.
Temperatures are forecast to gradually cool to the lower-to-mid-80s Tuesday and to the mid-70s by Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
Well be back down there in Tacoma, probably close to 80 Wednesday, Weather Service meteorologist Dana Felton said.
Mondays high of 89 at the Sea-Tac Airport station broke a 1995 record of 87, according to the Weather Service, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord measured a high of 88.
As she cooled off Monday at the Titlow Park sprayground in Tacoma, 4-year-old Summer Crowell of University Place had specific instructions for what South Sounders should do when stuck in such record-breaking heat.
Go outside in the water, with swimsuits and aqua socks, she said.
Thats exactly what 10-year-old Matthew Sung of Lakewood did, exploring the nearby waterfront with a bucket full of beach treasures.
I like the water, because its all cold, he said. I like the beach, because of the nature.
Those heading north to cool down at Wild Waves water park in Federal Way had an easier time getting there Monday than over the weekend, police said.
A special weekend promotion at the park and the warm weather caused congestion and gridlock in that area, including on Interstate 5 and state Route 18, Federal Way police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said.
Monday the park had about a third as many visitors as Sunday, she said.
The Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning Monday until 11 p.m. to warn Puget Sound residents enjoying the warm weather that the temperature and high humidity would make illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion likely.
Misty Wood, in Tacoma on a visit from Idaho to see family, said she didnt expect such high temperatures while traveling with her kids, ages 2, 4, 5 and 7.
Not in Washington, for sure, she said. Not this hot. Its good, though. Beats the rain.
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