An unusually strong weather system moving through the Pacific Northwest Thursday night and Friday will bring gusty wind and showers to Western Washington. Some wind gusts will top 35 miles per hour, especially north of Seattle Friday morning.
The weather system has been developing in the Pacific over the last couple days and while nowhere near as powerful as our fall and winter storm systems, it is taking a track that will bring a few hours of blustery weather and some downpours as well.
Given our nice and warm weather this week, it will be a bit of a shock to the system! But don't worry. It will be out of here for the weekend with the sunshine and warmth building back.
No problem for Seafair Weekend!
Where will the wind be strongest? Could there be power outages?
The wind gusts look to be strongest early Friday starting around 3-4 a.m. in the north interior -- places like Bellingham, the San Juans, Island County and also western Skagit counties as well as the north coast which will be breezy all Thursday night and Friday morning.
Some of the high-resolution forecast data point to wind gusts in the 25-35 miles per hour range north of Everett in the early morning hours with some wind gusts possibly over 40 miles per hour in isolated locations in the north near the water.
There could be some sporadic power outages in locations where we see wind gusts top at least 35 miles per hour, but I expect the impacts to be pretty limited.
Elsewhere -- including from Everett, Seattle and points south as well as at the coast -- expect wind gusts in the 20-30 miles per hour range through the morning.
There will also be downpours and other showers around, and it will feel rather muggy outside too.
By late Friday afternoon, breezes settle down, showers come to an end later in the day and we should have some periods of sunshine.
Seafair Weekend looking stellar
This weather system will be out of here by Friday night and while we'll have some clouds around for Saturday, we'll have sunshine before noon in most locations and afternoon highs in the 70s and low 80s.
Seafair Sunday looks sunny and warm with highs in Seattle in the mid 80s. The Blue Angels should be able to perform their full "high show" both days this weekend!
Following the weekend, warm weather continues into next week with highs Monday and Tuesday well into the 80s from the Seattle area south. A few locations in the South Sound away from water could be flirting with 90 degrees early next week.
Stay cool and hydrated!
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