A warm-weather streak kept breaking records Tuesday as temperatures at Sea-Tac Airport climbed into the 80s for the third straight day — reaching 84 degrees — something that has never happened in April.
Meteorologists kept close tabs on their climate-monitoring sites Tuesday, sending out regular alerts as the thermostats inched upward.
By 12:21 p.m., Seattle hit 75 degrees and overtook the date’s previous record of 74, set in 1956. The high temperature there was 84.
Olympia was only minutes behind, hitting 79 degrees at 12:25 p.m. and beating the 1950 record for that date by a single digit. The capital’s high temperature was 85.
But Quillayute was hours ahead of the game, reaching 73 degrees abbout 10 a.m. The previous record high there was 71 degrees in 1988. The high temperature was 76.
The Tacoma Narrows Airport’s temperature gauge is malfunctioning, but McChord Air Field reached 83 degrees, breaking a 1956 record of 73 degrees.
Those records came on the 89-degree heels of Monday, the warmest April day since the National Weather Service began keeping records in 1894.
Forecasters said that temperature is about 30 degrees above the normal daily high. Nighttime temperatures were still 15 degrees higher than the normal daily high.
On Sunday, Sea-Tac Airport hit 80 degrees and beat its old record of 74, set in 1983.
The heat streak is coming to an end, though, with Wednesday dropping into the low-70s and the rest of the week showing highs in the low- to mid-60s. Rain is possible starting Wednesday.
Staff writer Kenny Ocker contributed to this report.
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