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Say goodbye to the heat and smoke. Cooler temps and cleaner air taking over

The sun sets behind the Tacoma Narrows Bridge as smoke from nearby wildfires create a haze throughout Tacoma.
The sun sets behind the Tacoma Narrows Bridge as smoke from nearby wildfires create a haze throughout Tacoma. jbessex@gateline.com

The heat and haze is moving out, and cooler weather with a touch of rain has moved in.

Light showers greeted Friday morning and forecasters said there’s a 40 percent chance it will continue on Saturday, which will be the coldest day since mid-June.

With a predicted high of 64 degrees, Saturday will end the record-breaking streak of 70-plus weather at 72 days. The previous record was 62 days.

The long stretch of warm overnight temperatures will also draw to a close Friday with a low of 57.

That ends seven straight days of overnight lows that never dropped below 60, the third longest stretch on record and the latest in the year it’s ever happened.

Temperatures will pick up again Sunday with a predicted high near 72. It will remain in the 70s through next week, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather should sweep out the last lingering smoke from nearby wildfires, returning air quality in Tacoma to good. It was still listed as moderate Friday morning.

“The fact that the Pacific Northwest is the smokiest part of the country should come as no surprise to most, given the number of wildfires and the not-so-cooperative weather we've been having,” wrote officials on a blog intended to keep residents informed.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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