Western Washington is warming up and should smash heat records Thursday.
Temperatures are expected to reach the low 80s, which would break the date’s record high of 78 degrees set in 1996.
That’s about 20 to 25 degrees higher than temperatures usually are this time of year.
Cliff Mass, a University of Washington meteorologist, put it succinctly: “It is going to burn today.”
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If the thermostat does reach 80 or higher, it’d be the second earliest 80-degree day at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in 122 years, according to the National Weather Service.
That record was set April 1, 1987, with a high of 82.
For Olympia and Hoquiam, it would be their earliest 80-degree day on record.
Forecasters said heat is reaching higher elevations as well.
Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park could reach 76 Thursday, which is only two degrees below its all-time April high temperature.
The warmth will extend into Friday with a high of 75 but then drop back into the mid-60s for the weekend.
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