Expect cooler temperatures this week in Whatcom County and the rest of Western Washington, after two days of record-breaking heat.
Sunday’s high of 84 degrees broke the record of 83 degrees set on June 25, 2015. The high of 86 degrees Saturday set a record in Bellingham, edging the previous June 24 record of 83 degrees that was set in 1989.
Relief from 80-degree temperatures came early Sunday afternoon as winds changed from northerly to to west-southwest, bringing cooler marine air. Temperatures dipped slightly, into the high 70s and lower 80s.
“After today (Sunday), the air conditioning has been turned on,” said meteorologist Johnny Burg at the National Weather Service in Seattle. “By this evening, it’s set to cool down. It’s going to be more seasonal weather. But it’ll be dry. There’s no rain in the forecast.”
86High temperature Saturday at Bellingham International Airport, which broke the previous June 24 record of 83 degrees that was set in 1989.
84High temperature Sunday at Bellingham International Airport, which broke the June 25 record set in 2015.
Burg said Monday’s high temperature should be in the low 70s under sunny skies, and the rest of the week looks about the same, with a few clouds possible.
Despite the recent heat, June temperatures are averaging a bit below normal this year, at 66.7 degrees through Saturday. Normal temperature for June is 68 degrees.
Even as Whatcom County stayed cooler, a heat advisory remained in effect through 9 p.m. for the Seattle area, where it was 91 degrees at 2:53 p.m.