Break out the tank tops: July is going to start off hot in Whatcom County, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures in the low 80s are expected Monday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 2, in Bellingham, with even hotter temperatures possible farther from the water, said NWS meteorologist Gary Schneider.
The heat could come close to breaking decades-old record highs for Bellingham. The high for July 1 is 83 degrees, with a record of 86 for July 2, both set in 1968.
Even-higher temperatures are in the forecast south of Whatcom County, and the south Puget Sound region should get the brunt of the heat wave.
This weekend won't be too shabby, either, with temperatures in the 70s and mostly clear skies expected for Saturday and Sunday.
Things are expected to cool down a bit mid-week, with the July 4 forecast calling for clouds in the morning, a chance of showers and highs in the low- to mid-'70s, Schneider said.
People trying to beat the heat shouldn't jump into the first body of water they see. Rivers often run higher and faster early in the summer as mountain snow melts, Schneider said, and water is usually much colder than people expect.