Remember those days before the daunting heat and dryness when the air wasn’t choked with wildfire smoke and Mount Rainier wasn’t hidden in the haze?
They’re here again.
Forecasters predict the smoke that blew in from the British Columbia wildfires will be pushed out by today (Friday) and temperatures will dip into the low 80s.
“Normal conditions will return,” Cliff Mass, a meteorologist at University of Washington, promised on his blog.
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An incoming storm is expected to bring the first real rain of the summer, ending the record-setting dry streak and daytime temperatures that soared into the 90s.
“The good news is we will definitely see less smoke today and by tomorrow it should be a memory,” Jay Albrecht, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, told The Seattle Times.
An air quality alert expires at noon and forecasters said the weekend will bring cooler and cleaner air.
There’s a slight chance of thunderstorms Friday night, but the rain is most likely to hold off until Saturday night and Sunday.
Up to a half-inch could fall on the western areas of the Olympic Peninsula and up to a quarter-inch could fall on the west slopes of the Cascades.
Friday’s high is 80, lowering to the mid-70s by Saturday. It may not even reach 70 degrees on Sunday, which would be the first time not hitting that mark since June 28, the Weather Service said.
“The process has already started,” Albrecht said. “Fog and low clouds are up close to Sea-Tac (International Airport) right now and will be moving into Seattle. It will be cooler today with a high in the lower 80s, which is about 6 degrees lower than yesterday.”
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