Skies will be mostly sunny and temperatures in Bellingham will hover in the mid-70s this week before rain returns over the weekend.
Forecasters predict a high of 70 degrees and mostly sunny skies on Tuesday. Thermometers will climb to 73 degrees Wednesday.
Thursday is expected to be the warmest day of the week, at about 74 degrees, before temperatures dip to around 70 Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
"It's warmer than usual, but not record-breaking," said NWS meteorologist Johnny Burg.
The record high for May 15 is 79 degrees, set in 1979.
The warm weather is perfect timing for Mallard Ice Cream, 1323 Railroad Ave. The business had to close part of last week because of a broken main water line. But the doors are open again.
"We noticed even more business this weekend because we had been closed for a couple days," said owner Ben Scholtz.
Rain is forecasted to return over the weekend, but probably not until after midnight Friday, Burg said.
That should be good news for parents and children attending the Junior Ski to Sea Parade in downtown Bellingham late Friday afternoon. But it also means the Junior Ski to Sea Race at Lake Padden Park on Saturday could be soggy.
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