It was another hot day in Whatcom County on Monday, July 1, with slightly cooler temperatures on the way throughout the week, according to the National Weather Service.
The thermometer hit 80 degrees Monday afternoon at Bellingham International Airport, just 3 degrees shy of the day's record, set in 1968.
After measuring a sweltering 87 degrees Sunday - beating out the day's record by 1 degree - people were ready to have another scorcher Monday, but light winds kept the temperature a bit lower than expected.
"We have had a slew of people in here since 7 a.m. buying air conditioners and fans," Hardware Sales manager Brent Davis said Monday.
He estimated that by 10 a.m., the Bellingham store had sold up to 46 air conditioners, and supplies were running low.
"It's the item of the day," he said, noting that people were calling and coming in to pick up fans and misters, too. "Anything to cool down the heat, we're selling it today."
Starting Tuesday, the forecast calls for seven days of more comfortable weather, with highs in the low to mid-70s and mostly sunny skies. Though days could start with some clouds, they should burn off, said NWS meteorologist Johnny Burg.
As far as July 4 goes, Whatcom County should get great weather for grilling and watching fireworks. With highs in the low 70s, Bellingham will be well below its holiday record of 85 degrees, set in 1958. The day is expected to be dry and mostly sunny.
Although it seems like the threat of rain is an Independence Day tradition in the Northwest, Bellingham has had no or only a trace of rain on the holiday for the past 10 years, according to the National Weather Service.
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