With his line attached to a nearby tree, a man wakeboards on the South Fork Stillaguamish River in Arlington on Thursday. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

With his line attached to a nearby tree, a man wakeboards on the South Fork Stillaguamish River in Arlington on Thursday. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

It’s not summer, but temps could reach mid-80s on Saturday

The unseasonable heat could break records this weekend. Showers are likely to return next week.

EVERETT — It seems the weather here has decided to skip the rest of spring.

For now, anyway.

Temperatures are expected to reach those of peak summer this weekend. Many places in Snohomish County could hit the mid-80s on Saturday.

“There will be some records broken probably in the next couple of days,” said Gary Schneider, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Seattle.

It’ll likely cool down going into next week. The thermometer could drop by 10 degrees on Sunday, and there may be showers by Wednesday.

The normal temperature this time of year is below 60 degrees. Offshore winds are making it hotter than usual.

“Normally the winds come off the water to keep us cool, but it’s coming off the land from the east to warm us up,” Schneider said.

This won’t be the region’s first record-setting weather of the year.

February brought the most snow in one month in 50 years. In March, the area saw the warmest winter day since 1894. It reached 79 degrees.

“Every year we get a few warm spells,” Schneider said. “It’s not unusual in that sense.”

Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue begins to get calls this time of year, said Heidi McKeon, vice president of the organization.

Thea Reece, 3, plays with a water toy in her family’s front yard on Thursday in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Thea Reece, 3, plays with a water toy in her family’s front yard on Thursday in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Folks want to get outside when it starts to get nice. It’s important to be prepared.

Mountain snow is beginning to melt. That makes rivers higher, faster and frigid.

“It’s going to be cold,” McKeon said. “It’s going to take your breath away. It can really shock your system.”

People could get swept under the water and tangled in tree branches and roots under the surface.

Going on hikes also could be dangerous. Many trails along the Mountain Loop Highway, for example, are still covered in snow.

Part of that road is closed to vehicles for the season between Deer and Bedal creeks. It’s still accessible by foot. It usually re-opens around this time each year.

McKeon recommends dressing in layers, wearing appropriate footwear, telling someone your plans and bringing hiking poles.

“If you put your pole out in front of you, it can give an idea of what you’re facing in the next footstep,” she said.

There could be ice on the surface, but nothing underneath.

Be aware of conditions. Call the local U.S. Forest Service ranger station, or view updates online through the Snoqualmie-Mount Baker National Forest or Washington Trails Association.

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

Talk to us

More in Local News

A wanted suspect was arrested after a standoff with law enforcement Tuesday night. (Bothell Police Department)
Kidnapping suspect arrested after standoff in Bothell

A large police presence contained the property in the 20500 block of 32nd Dr. SE on Tuesday night.

Community Transit's Lynnwood microtransit pilot project is set to launch this fall with a service area around the Alderwood mall. (Community Transit)
Lynnwood’s microtransit test begins this fall, others possible

Community Transit could launch other on-demand services in Arlington, Darrington and Lake Stevens.

Doctor Thomas Robey sits in a courtyard at Providence Regional Medical Center on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
‘It’d be a miracle’: Providence tests new treatment for meth addiction

Monoclonal antibodies could lead to the first drug designed to fight meth addiction. Everett was chosen due to its high meth use.

Rev. Barbara Raspberry, dressed in her go-to officiating garments, sits in the indoor chapel at her home, the Purple Wedding Chapel, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Everett, Washington. The space used to be two bedrooms, but she and her husband Don took down a wall converted them into a room for wedding ceremonies the day after their youngest son moved out over 20 years ago. The room can seat about 20 for in-person ceremonies, plus it serves as a changing room for brides and is the setting for virtual weddings that Raspberry officiates between brides and their incarcerated fiancees at the Monroe Correctional Complex. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Everett’s oh-so-colorful Purple Wedding Chapel is in the red

Rev. Rasberry has hitched hundreds of couples over the years. After her husband died, she’s unsure if she can keep the place.

Everett
Man dies in motorcycle crash that snarled I-5 in Everett

Washington State Patrol: he tried to speed by another driver but lost control and hit the shoulder barrier.

The Days Inn on Everett Mall Way, which Snohomish County is set to purchase and convert into emergency housing, is seen Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
County OKs hotel-shelter purchases, won’t require drug treatment

Snohomish County Councilmember Nate Nehring efforts failed to delay the vote and failed to require residents to get addiction treatment.

In a nearly empty maternity wing, Chief Administrative Officer Renée Jensen talks about how it has been almost nine years since east-county mothers could give birth at EvergreenHealth Monroe on Monday, April 1, 2019 in Monroe, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
EvergreenHealth Monroe seeks Community Advisors to guide services

Applications for the volunteer positions are due by Sept. 16.

Arlington
1 dead in fire at Arlington RV park

Authorities believe the fatal fire early Wednesday was an accident.

Patrick Diller, head of community partnerships for Pallet, discusses the Pallet Shelter Pilot Project last June in Everett. (Katie Hayes / Herald file) June 29, 2021
State laws prompt changes in Everett city rules for shelters

The city is considering revisions to issue permits more quickly for emergency shelters.

Most Read