BELLINGHAM - In Western Washington, we like to say that summer doesn't start until after Independence Day. That adage seems to be holding true as meteorologists predict nothing but fair weather ahead for the start of Whatcom County's dry season.
"What I see is mostly sunny skies through Wednesday (July 16) and with highs in the upper 70s and 80s," said Jay Neher with the National Weather Service in Seattle. "Next week does look like a nice week."
If predictions hold true, July - the first full month of summer - could be a warm one, as was June in Bellingham.
A record high temperature of 84 degrees was recorded July 1 at Bellingham International Airport, edging the day's previous mark of 83, set in 2009. Weekly and monthly climate models at the National Weather Service website also show a better than average chance of continued above-normal temperatures.
July's average high temperature is 71.2 degrees.
Neher said this June's average daytime high in Bellingham was 68.1 degrees, about 1.5 degrees above normal. The average overnight low temperature was 52.5, which was 2.2 degrees above normal. Rainfall was 1.08 inches, a figure that was 0.78 inch below normal.
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