The high-temperature records Olympia Regional Airport and Sea-Tac Airport were broken Sunday during the hottest day yet of 2016 in the South Sound.
Olympia reached 97 degrees, breaking a June 5 record of 93 degrees set in 1978, and Sea-Tac Airport hit 93 degrees to break its 1978 record of 92, said Johnny Burg, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Seattle.
The low temperature at Sea-Tac early Sunday of 64 degrees was also the warmest on record, breaking the 1978 record of 61, Burg said. That’s only 4 degrees below the average June 5 high temperature of 68.
“It’s summer, you know?” Burg said. “We tend to get warm stretches like this at this time of year.”
Taking advantage of the warm weather, hundreds of people — many without shirts — lined the shores and docks of Gig Harbor to watch the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday. Many more were on the water in boats or kayaks, or aboard paddleboards as the festivities went on.
The annual Knights of Columbus tradition took place under clear, blue skies and in 80-degree temperatures.
Temperatures are expected to cool Monday (June 6) as the ridge of high pressure that provided for the hot, clear weather moves east.
Olympia is forecast to see a high of 85 degrees, Burg said, and Sea-Tac is expected to reach 83.
Joshua Bessex of the Peninsula Gateway contributed to this report.