heat wave

Weather with Cliff Mass
9:05 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Forecast - hot but getting cooler

Today’s going to be hot again, but it's already cooler than expected this morning, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“We had some marine air that pushed up the coast, clouds have inundated the coastal areas. So if you're on the coast it's going to be cooler," he says. "And here in the interior we're starting cooler: five to ten degrees in some places. But the trouble is this cool marine air is very thin."

He says that cool marine layer will burn off fast, yielding to hot temps aloft. So today he expects highs of high 80s to 90 closer to the coast. And away from the water, perhaps the low 90s.

"So one more warm day. Then tomorrow a step down. Today's the hottest day."

There's a chance of thunderstorms Saturday afternoon, which could have a big impact on the wildfires in Cle Elum and Thorp. The danger is the chance of lighting without rain.

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NW Weather
7:09 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Another day of heat, wildfire danger in Washington

If you're out, stay covered and drink plenty of water.
Mallory Kaniss KPLU

The National Weather Service says Friday should be the last day of the heat wave in Washington.

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Weather
2:31 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Sure it's hot, but are we heat wimps in Seattle and the NW?

We don't use them in the rain, but umbrellas help us out on the sunny days.
Evan Hoover KPLU

In the Seattle region, where we have few air conditioners, a string of 90-plus days can raise alarms:

But with the rest of the country melting under temperatures of 100 degrees or more for days in a row and drought striking the Midwest, we wonder if perhaps we in the Northwest are heat wimps.

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