SEATTLE – A record-setting June heat wave began subsiding Tuesday, with temperatures cooling across most of the state except at Hanford, where a 108-degree reading broke a 14-year record of 102.
Much of Western Washington saw highs in the 80s Tuesday while some triple-digit temperatures were recorded in Eastern Washington. Highs on the coast dropped into the 60s, the National Weather Service reported.
Today’s forecast in Western Washington included areas of morning clouds followed by sun, said Weather Service forecaster Chris Burke in Seattle.
In Everett today, the high temperature was expected to be 71 degrees, according to Andy Wappler, KIRO-TV chief meteorologist.
High temperatures along the coast today were expected to be in the 60s again, with inland highs in the 70s. East of the Cascades, temperatures were expected to reach the mid-80s and 90s – not uncommon for this time of year, the weather service said.
On Monday, Ephrata hit 102, breaking the previous record for the date of 101 set in 1950, and nearby Quincy hit 98, besting the 1970 record of 96. Milt Maas of the weather service office in Spokane said records have been kept since 1949 in Ephrata and since 1941 in Quincy.