90 degrees?! Heat wave expected in Seattle this weekend

After the wettest winter on record, the Puget Sound region could get into the mid-90s this weekend.

It’s been a colder-than-usual start to June, but weather in the Puget Sound region is making up for lost time.

A record heat wave is expected this weekend with temperatures into the mid-90s Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

“It’s not all that unusual to get a heat wave in June,” said Danny Mercer, a weather-service meteorologist in Seattle. “We were expecting it … (but) this would be the hottest on that date.”

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It’s forecast to beat the previous record of 88 degrees on June 25, 2006. This year, June comes on the heels of a record-breaking wet season that dumped nearly 4 feet of rain on Seattle.

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The heat wave will spread from the coast, where the hottest day should be in the interior Saturday. On Sunday, the temperature at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is likely to reach 92 degrees, and in Olympia, a high of 94 degrees is forecast.

With the hot weather, Washingtonians will likely seek out rivers and lakes for swimming, which should be engorged with melted snowpack from the mountains. But the weather service says that water is still cold enough to put swimmers in danger of drowning.

“People should wear life vests,” Mercer said. “You’ve got to watch out for drowning during hot spells in Western Washington.”

A cool-down is expected on the coast Monday, Mercer said.

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