DARRINGTON — Don’t pack away your bathing suit — it’s not sweater weather, yet.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, temperatures in the region could reach highs previously recorded in mid-June, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures in the low-80s and high-70s are expected for the rest of the week.
A high-pressure air system will bring dry weather and clear skies. That combination brings the increased heat, weather service meteorologist Jacob DeFlitch said.
In Darrington, the forecast calls for highs in the low-90s Tuesday and Wednesday, the hottest in the county. Monroe’s expected to hit the 90s Wednesday. DeFlitch said down-slope winds from the Cascades cause the hotter weather.
“It’s going to be a bit warmer the closer you get to the Cascades,” he said. “It’s hard to say if it’s going to be the last (heat wave).”
Temperatures in Everett this week are forecast to be in the mid-80s. Wednesday is expected to meet the previous year-round high of 87 degrees, set on June 12.
“We could eclipse that,” DeFlitch said.
One of the state’s hottest regions will be the southwest, DeFlitch said. In Chehalis and Olympia, temperatures are expected to hit the 90s Wednesday. He said being away from marine winds causes the area to heat up.
The weather service says to take precaution by staying hydrated, limiting time outdoors, dressing for the heat and checking on the elderly, kids and pets. And think twice before leaving children or pets in a parked car.
Additionally, the weather service issued a fire weather warning for Wednesday on the west slopes of the North and Central Cascades. The dry conditions leave those areas more vulnerable to fire.
Temperatures are expected to gradually fall throughout September.