EVERETT — Almost a month has gone by since a measurable amount of rain fell at Paine Field.
That streak, along with a near record-breaking dry spell in Seattle, is likely coming to an end, according to Seattle’s National Weather Service.
“We are heading out of our dry season and we’re going to start increasing the frequency of precipitation events,” said Dennis D’Amico, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
A reported 0.01 inch of rain fell Aug. 11 in Everett. A trace of rain 10 days later wasn’t enough to measure and counts as nothing for historical purposes, D’Amico added.
While sunny skies and highs in the upper 70s are expected Saturday, cool marine air is expected to flow back into the area Saturday night. Sunday morning will be mostly cloudy and temperatures will be cooler, dropping back around 70 degrees. Up to a quarter of an inch of rain is expected to fall Sunday night through Monday in the area, D’Amico said.
Rain also is expected Sunday night and into Monday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where the city’s official weather readings are taken. There hasn’t been rain measured at the airport since July 22. The record of 51 days without rain was set there in 1951.
“It’s not looking so good Sunday night into Monday,” D’Amico said. “My guess is we’ll get through day 49 and it will probably rain on day 50.”
Although the weather has been mainly dry, temperatures have been fairly moderate. It’s only reached 80 degrees or higher seven days total this summer in Everett.
One of those days was Friday, when Bill Hunsinger and his wife, Marianne, of Mukilteo, spent some of the afternoon with their miniature Australian shepherd, Dani, at Howarth Park in Everett.
Hunsinger, 83, said he planned to golf this weekend and several times next week at the Everett Golf and Country Club. He wasn’t worried about rain spoiling those plans.
“(Rain) does not bother me much unless it really pours,” he said.
Friends Ashley Ball and Carmen Haueter couldn’t resist floating in the water at the park beach. The Everett women thought the cold water felt great on the warm day. Ball, 28, said she wasn’t looking forward to rain.
“No, not at all,” she said. “I wish it was like this all year. Eighty (degrees) is perfect.”
At American Legion Memorial Park, Kyle Delarosa, of Everett, cleaned off a grill near a picnic shelter. He didn’t believe it will rain so soon.
“A lot of the weather people are wrong,” said Delarosa, 24. “I’ve witnessed it lots of time where they say it’s going to rain and it ends up being nice and hot.”
His cousin, Joseph Easley, 21, also isn’t ready for rain. Days well beyond the 80 degree mark are his favorite.
“I prefer 100 degrees,” he said. “I never complain about the sun.”
Another heat wave isn’t predicted any time soon, but rain could pass quickly in Everett, D’Amico said.
“It does look fairly dry through the rest of the work week,” he said. “We could get back into the mid- to upper-70s on Thursday. Everyone has a different measure but I think most people would consider this a good summer.”