An early evening temperature spike nearly sent Monday into the record books.
And after cooler days Tuesday and Wednesday, a high pressure system is expected to return Thursday, bringing sunny skies and above-normal temperatures to last through the Memorial Day weekend.
“We’re still on track for a nice weekend,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Michalski in Seattle. “It should be warming up again for a great weekend.”
Monday’s high temperature was 79 degrees, just 1 degree shy of the record 80 degrees set on May 22, 1969.
To put that into perspective: On May 22, 1969, two Apollo 10 astronauts were traveling less than 10 miles above the lunar surface, in preparation for the first moon landing that was to come two months later.
Temperatures hovered in the low to mid-70s all Monday afternoon, but rose into the high 70s between 6 and 8 p.m. Monday as recorded at Bellingham International Airport.
Normal high for May 22 is 63 degrees, and Wednesday is looking like a typical spring day for Western Washington, with a 30 percent chance of rain and highs in the mid-60s, Michalski said.