People take pictures at a vista point with the San Francisco skyline obscured by smoke from wildfires and heat in the background Monday near Sausalito, California. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

People take pictures at a vista point with the San Francisco skyline obscured by smoke from wildfires and heat in the background Monday near Sausalito, California. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Wildfire smoke could return to Western Washington Tuesday

It’s unclear whether there will be enough to affect air quality, and it may only last a few days.

SEATTLE — It might get smoky, again.

A bloom of wildfire smoke from California is drifting over the Pacific Ocean, and could hit Western Washington Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle. It’s been about a week since a shifting wind and heavy rains cleared out the last batch of wildfire smoke that brought nearly 10 days of unhealthy air to the region.

It’s unclear whether the next smoke will be thick enough to cause air quality issues, and it may only last for a few days, meteorologist Courtney Obergfell said.

“The trouble with smoke forecasting is it depends how the wildfires behave and their smoke output,” she said. “It doesn’t look like a big event but we’re keeping an eye out.”

The southerly wind that could bring smoke to the region is expected to change directions by Thursday or Friday. There’s no rain in the forecast, but a shifting wind would clear the air.

This week, the weather service is predicting temperatures to reach the 70s for Everett and much of Snohomish County. Depending on the thickness of the smoke, that could vary by a few degrees, Obergfell said.

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