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A great blue heron pair check out their eggs Sunday in a nest at the Post Point heron rookery in Bellingham's Fairhaven district.  Spring continues warm and sunny through at least Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.
A great blue heron pair check out their eggs Sunday in a nest at the Post Point heron rookery in Bellingham's Fairhaven district. Spring continues warm and sunny through at least Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

It seems that the weather pendulum has swung the other way, with Western Washington basking under sunny skies after weeks of cool, rainy days.

Tuesday and Wednesday should see temperatures of 70 degrees and could even produce record highs, meteorologists said.

"We've got a nice little ridge of high pressure, and it's basically going to stay for awhile," said meteorologist Johnny Burg at the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Forecast high for Tuesday is 70, with the record high of 73 degrees set in 1989.

Despite the warmer temperatures, Burg cautioned against swimming in local lakes and streams where water temperature remains at 50 degrees or colder.

A leap or a fall into water that cold carries a chance of drowning from the physical shock of hitting such cold water, Burg said.

Burg said that most of April has seen below-normal temperatures and above-normal rainfall in Western Washington. Bellingham has 3.05 inches of rain so far in April, above the monthly normal of 2.69 inches.

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Seattle-area meteorologists produced this graphic that shows the danger of cold-water immersion, a common early spring danger in the Northwest. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald National Weather Service

"In the past, we were just having storms keep going over us," he said.

Through Monday, April's average temperature was 53.9 degrees, below the normal monthly average of 56.9 degrees, according to NOAA climate records.

At 1:52 p.m. Monday, the temperature at Bellingham International Airport was 58 degrees, with a forecast high of 67.

Burg said the warm and sunny streak should continue through at least Friday.

Partly sunny skies with a chance of showers are forecast for Saturday, with a high of 58.

For Sunday, expect cloudy skies with a chance of showers and a high of 57.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is alerting boaters and swimmers at Lake Tahoe to be aware of the danger of becoming a victim of cold shock while in the waters of the alpine lake.

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