Temperatures on the rise in the South Sound

South Sound temperatures are on the rise and could break into the 90s by next week.

Forecasters said it will heat up to the low 80s this week and peak in Tacoma on Saturday at 90.

That’s about 20 degrees higher than the average high temperature this time of year, according to the National Weather Service. Highs in June usually range from the low to mid-70s.

“It’s definitely going to be warm this weekend,” said Johnny Burg, meteorologist with the Weather Service.

There’s a chance Saturday to break the heat record at Sea-Tac Airport for the date, which was set in 2000 at 88. Sunday’s record — 91 degrees set in 1995 and 2005 — is unlikely to be broken.

(Of course, if you want some real summer heat, head east or south. The Weather Service is forecasting a high of 104 degrees Sunday in Spokane. Portland’s forecast is for a high of 99 on Saturday.)

Locally, officials are warning about the possibility of brush fires and asking drivers to be extra careful not to flick their cigarettes out the window.

On Tuesday (June 23), at least three wildfires broke out. The first two were reported near northbound Interstate 5 in Fife shortly before 9 a.m. As crews doused flames by 70th Street, traffic backed up more than 61/2 miles.

Another brush fire was reported about 10:55 a.m. next to westbound state Route 512 in Puyallup near 94th Avenue East.