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Record heat and smoky weather ahead for South Puget Sound area

Smoke turned the rising sun red when looking down S. 19th street in Tacoma, August 28, 2017.
Smoke turned the rising sun red when looking down S. 19th street in Tacoma, August 28, 2017. phaley@thenewstribune.com

Enjoy clear skies while you can. And prepare for some hot weather, too.

Smoke from wildfires burning in the Cascades and in Montana is expected to drift into urban areas in the South Puget Sound Monday and may stick around for a couple of days, said Jay Albrecht, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Albrecht said a little smoke might even creep up from fires in Southwest Oregon.

“It’s like we’re getting smoke from everywhere it seems,” Albrecht said.

Hot weather also is in the forecast. The predicted high temperature in Tacoma on Tuesday is a steamy 95 degrees, Albrecht said. At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the predicted high Tuesday is 93 degrees. Such heat in September is unusual, Albrecht said, and will likely be record hot even if smoke blocks enough sunlight to bring temperatures down.

The recorded high temperature for Sept. 5 in SeaTac was 88 degrees in 1973.

“It looks like today and tomorrow are going to pretty much slam dunks for record highs across the area,” Albrecht said.

While the skies are expected to get smoky, the poor air quality is not expected to hover in the Tacoma area for as long as the smoke from British Columbia wildfires in early August.

Albrecht said air from the ocean is expected to sweep the smoke away around Wednesday night.

Walker Orenstein: 360-786-1826, @walkerorenstein

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