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80 degree days are here in Western Washington — at least until next week

Simple pleasures, like finding a crab on Sunnyside Beach in Steilacoom, draw a reaction from Done Carroll and her daughters Kyla, 4, and Taylor, 10, on Aug. 1. Carroll traveled to Steilacoom from Sumner to enjoy the warm weather, placid waters and unhurried atmosphere. “It’s not as crowded here,” Carroll said. “If we were at Point Defiance today, it would have been ridiculous.”
Simple pleasures, like finding a crab on Sunnyside Beach in Steilacoom, draw a reaction from Done Carroll and her daughters Kyla, 4, and Taylor, 10, on Aug. 1. Carroll traveled to Steilacoom from Sumner to enjoy the warm weather, placid waters and unhurried atmosphere. “It’s not as crowded here,” Carroll said. “If we were at Point Defiance today, it would have been ridiculous.” dperine@thenewstribune.com

It’s finally starting to feel a lot like summer.

Temperatures are expected to stay in the upper 80s Saturday before dropping into the high 70s early next week.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement warning about the “very warm temperatures” and advising that even the mountains will be hot.

“Please be aware that the rivers and waters are still cold,” meteorologists wrote. “Deaths during warms spells across the Pacific Northwest often occur from drowning due to the cold water.”

The elderly and children should stay cool and hydrated.

Saturday’s high was expected to be 87. Slightly lower temperatures will come Sunday, with a high of 79.

As of Friday, there have been 26 days this year that measured 80 degrees or warmer at Sea-Tac Airport.

“The summer has been pretty normal in terms of the warm days we’ve had,” said Weather Service meteorologist Andy Haner. “That number is largely a result of spring.”

Typically we don’t see 80-degree days until May, but this year four of them happened in April.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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