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High temperature breaks record set in 1955

Bellingham broke a high-temperature record before noon Monday. Highs in the mid- to upper 80s are forecast Tuesday.
Bellingham broke a high-temperature record before noon Monday. Highs in the mid- to upper 80s are forecast Tuesday. The Bellingham Herald file.

After flirting with record-high temperatures for three straight days, Bellingham broke a mark that has stood for more than 60 years before noon Monday.

A high of 84 degrees at 11:53 a.m. broke the previous high of 83 set in 1955, according to National Weather Service instruments at Bellingham International Airport.

High for the day was 87.

“I think it helps that the record was lower today. A little bit more of a low-hanging fruit, so to speak,” said Logan Johnson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Highs temperature in Bellingham of 80, 86, and 85 from Friday through Sunday were all 1 or 2 degrees off the record mark for their respective dates.

More heat is due Tuesday, along with the possibility of smoke from wildfires near Cle Elum in Central Washington.

Johnson said lower-level smoke had reached Everett by midday Monday, but he didn’t expect smoke to be much of a factor in Whatcom County. Air quality was good throughout Whatcom County, except for a “moderate” reading in the Columbia Valley, according to the Northwest Clean Air Agency.

Highs in the mid- to upper 80s are forecast Tuesday.

A cooling trend starts Wednesday, when highs will drop to the upper 70s. A chance of showers follows Thursday and Friday.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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