Bellingham sets two temperature records; cooler weekend ahead

National Weather Service map shows a heat advisory south of Bellingham.
National Weather Service map shows a heat advisory south of Bellingham. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

The heat wave that swept into Western Washington this week broke temperature records for two days running in Bellingham.

On Friday, Aug. 26, the high of 86 degrees at Bellingham International Airport, recorded at 3:45 p.m., broke the mark of 84 set in 2014.

On Thursday, Aug. 25, the high of 85 broke the record of 83 set in 1958.

Bellingham has been spared the worst of scorching heat that is stretching across the entire Puget Sound region as a strong high-pressure system brings unseasonably warm weather.

Heat advisories were issued elsewhere, including Seattle, where a high of 91 was recorded Thursday. It’s warmer inland, however, as Whatcom County areas such as Everson and Sumas saw highs in the low to mid-90s.

Forecasters say that will change overnight as winds shift to an onshore flow, bringing cooler ocean air. Highs on Saturday and Sunday will be as much as 15 to 20 degrees cooler than Friday.

Still, a total burn ban remains in effect throughout Western Washington, including a ban on recreational fires, as the fire danger remains critical.

Firefighters throughout Whatcom County have been dispatched to several brush fires daily over the past several weeks, and just Thursday, burning garbage sparked a brush fire that threatened a mobile home near Hinotes Corner.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty