Becoming Dry and Sunny

One more blast of wind, and then it’s calm seas ahead.

The last in a parade of weather systems will zip through the region today, ushering in another round of blustery conditions before high pressure takes control. While it won’t be nearly as windy as yesterday’s storm, which pummeled the Sound with 45-mph gusts, we’ll still see breezy south winds to 30 or 35 mph later this afternoon and tonight.

Occasional showers are also a good bet at times, but by and large, we’re done with the heavy rain—a good thing for Seahawks fans still drying out from yesterday’s 0.84-inch soaking. Not surprisingly, for the first time since early November, Seattle isn’t running behind on monthly rainfall—through yesterday, we’ve picked up 2.33 inches, which is slighter above the January norm to date.

More sunny weather is on tap this week, after a final day of rain and wind.
More sunny weather is on tap this week, after a final day of rain and wind.

After a windy night, with temperatures holding steady in the mid 40s, high pressure over California begins bulging northward on Monday, shoving our stormy weather aside. Although tomorrow will dawn on a cloudy note, we should see some clearing during the second part of the day, with the mercury edging up to the 50-degree mark.

Sunny skies set in by Tuesday as high pressure engulfs the Northwest, leading to another day of mild temperatures. Readings will again top out near 50 degrees—a few notches above average. For Wednesday and Thursday, it’s rinse and repeat, with abundant sunshine and calm winds. A little fog is possible in the mornings, especially south of Seattle, but the afternoons should be bright and clear.

Right now, our sunny spell looks to continue through at least Friday, and probably even next weekend, as the ridge of high pressure—which has paid several visits to our neck of the woods in recent months—remains parked overhead. Rain should creep back in by MLK Day, but until then, it’ll be smooth sailing around Western Washington.

After today, that is. Don’t let go of your hat just yet.