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Warm turns to hot with record-breaking heat this week

Freyja White, 4, delights while playing in the spray park at Tacoma Parks’ South End Recreation Center in May. Temperatures are expected to soar into the upper 80s and low 90s by the end of this week, peaking Friday and staying warm through early next week.
Freyja White, 4, delights while playing in the spray park at Tacoma Parks’ South End Recreation Center in May. Temperatures are expected to soar into the upper 80s and low 90s by the end of this week, peaking Friday and staying warm through early next week. phaley@thenewstribune.com

It’s about to get hot. Maybe even record-breaking hot.

Temperatures are expected to soar into the upper 80s and low 90s by the end of the week, peaking on Friday and staying warm through early next week.

At least two daily high records could be broken and one tied at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

First up is Thursday, which is forecast to be 88 degrees. That would tie that date’s high from 1991.

Then comes Friday, which could be as hot as 91. That would inch above that date’s 2015 high of 89.

Saturday is expected to cool off a few degrees to 89, but even that would break that date’s record of 87 degrees from 1966.

Temperatures should stay in the low 80s through early next week.

August will be the ninth consecutive month with a higher-than-usual average temperature, according to the National Weather Service.

It’s not just the heat to watch out for this week.

Officials are also warning about potentially decreased air quality this weekend and increased fire danger due to low humidity and breezy conditions.

In anticipation of increased fire danger, more firefighters have been called to Olympic National Park wilderness to help monitor four lightning-caused fires that started July 21.

None of the fires has grown since July 31 but extra crews will be on hand to monitor conditions of the Hayes (150 acres), Godkin (90 acres), Cox Valley (10 acres) and Ignar Creek (half an acre) fires.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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