If you thought yesterday’s warmth was a little too hot for this early in the year, you were on to something.
Seattle soared to a sweltering 93 degrees on Sunday—a remarkable 25 degrees above the normal high temperature for the date. The reading matched June 30, 2013, for the city’s hottest June temperature in 14 years. Not since June 13, 2002, when the mercury climbed to 94 degrees, has Seattle witnessed a warmer day in the month of June.
What’s more, yesterday’s high of 93 was only 3 degrees shy of the hottest June temperature in the history of Sea-Tac Airport—96 degrees, set on both June 9, 1955 and June 30, 1995. Records have been taken at the airport since 1945. Seattle’s all-time warmest June day occurred on June 25, 1928, when the city hit 98 degrees at the Federal Building in downtown Seattle (weather observations were taken there from 1891-1945).
Without a steady stream of cool ocean air nearby, temperatures will only gradually level off today—still topping out well above normal in the mid-80s. More minor relief arrives tomorrow as the strong ridge of high pressure that baked us over the weekend treks eastward, lowering maximum temperatures to near 80.
Marine air looks to finally flood the region on Wednesday, with highs slumping into the upper 60s under cloudy skies—normal June weather, at long last.
Here’s to hoping it sticks around for a while.