Lavennah Shongutsie hugs daughter Moniqueah Shongutsie-Wesley in the afternoon sun at Forest Park in Everett on Thursday. Temperatures are expected to reach 80 degrees this weekend. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lavennah Shongutsie hugs daughter Moniqueah Shongutsie-Wesley in the afternoon sun at Forest Park in Everett on Thursday. Temperatures are expected to reach 80 degrees this weekend. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

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80-degree heat wave incoming for Puget Sound this weekend

Officials reminded people to keep a safe distance from others, on what may be the warmest days so far in 2020.

EVERETT — The sun will be out this weekend, even if we aren’t allowed to gather with friends at the beach.

Temperatures in the coming days are expected to be in the 80s throughout Snohomish County. Some parks opened Tuesday, but officials reminded people to stay away from one another to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Those in need of a car wash this weekend will have options.

Brown Bear Car Wash had planned to resume business Thursday, during stage one of Gov. Jay Inslee’s phased approach to reopening the state. The state effectively paused that plan, so officials could come up with safety guidelines for car washes. The business now plans to open at 8 a.m. Friday.

Brown Bear is the largest car wash operator in the state, with 51 locations.

Thursday’s temperatures were in the mid-60s. On Friday, the high is expected to be 83 degrees in Everett.

Parts of the county farther from the Puget Sound may be even warmer, National Weather Service Meteorologist Jacob DeFlitch said.

Temperatures this weekend may break some records. The highest temperature recorded on a May 8 was in 2018, when the thermometer hit 72 degrees.

“It looks like we actually had hot days this time last year, as well,” DeFlitch said.

That’s when the record for May 9 was set, at 76 degrees. The mercury might rise to about that on Saturday, and on Sunday the forecast shows a high of 85 degrees.

Winds coming from the Cascade Range are expected to blow the dry, warm weather west.

“That will help kick the temperatures up a pretty drastic amount,” DeFlitch said.

This weekend may be the hottest days of the year so far, he said.

Rain is anticipated Monday, but temperatures are expected to stay in the 70s.

With the hot and dry weather this weekend, the Department of Natural Resources asks people to be careful not to spark a fire, and to not burn any debris for the next few days.

So far, the department has responded to 230 wildfires this year, with an estimated 120 caused by people burning debris. Anyone who spots a wildfire should call 911 right away.

“I urge all residents to keep an eye on their burn piles at all times and avoid using equipment that could spark a wildfire, such as a chainsaw,” Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz said in a statement. “It takes all of us to prevent forest fires.”

Stephanie Davey: 425-339-3192; sdavey@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @stephrdavey.

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