Heat breaks Bellingham record

One temperature record has been broken, another tied and more records could fall as Whatcom County endures a heat wave.

The official temperature hit 83 degrees on Thursday, tying the all-time record for June 25.

Friday’s high also reached 83 degrees, breaking the June 26 record of 82 degrees, set in 2006.

The weekend forecast calls for a high of 83 in Bellingham on Saturday and Sunday. The records for those dates are 82 and 84 degrees, respectively. Temperatures inland will be higher.

A chance of thunderstorms also is in the forecast Saturday night through Sunday night. While forecasters are unsure if the lowlands will get thunderstorms, odds are good in the foothills and mountains, where lightning strikes could cause fires in the dry conditions.

The fire danger level in Whatcom County has been increased to high. The Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding people to be extra cautious with recreational fires and fireworks use.