It's true: Sunshine will bring back the 80's (temps)

May 11, 2012

The rumors of imminent warmth are confirmed, by KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

"The whole weekend is going to be extraordinary," says Mass, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Washington.

Saturday will bring temperatures in the 80's if you're south of Olympia, and in the mid-70's for much of the Puget Sound area. 

Then, Sunday should bring highs of 80 or above across western Washington, with the warmest temperatures near the Cascade foothills.

That's the fifth sunshiny weekend in a row, a real contrast to last year, which Mass says was "arguably the worst spring in a hundred years."

And these temperatures will be far higher than the normal temperature for early May. But Mass says it's pretty typical to get a warm streak at some time during May, before descending into what he lovingly terms "the June gloom."


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The weekly KPLU feature "Weather with Cliff Mass" airs every Friday at 9 a.m. immediately following BirdNote, and repeats twice on Friday afternoons during All Things Considered. The feature is hosted by KPLU’s Science and Health reporter Keith Seinfeld. Cliff Mass is a University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, a renowned Seattle weather prognosticator, and a popular weather blogger. You can also subscribe to a podcast of “Weather with Cliff Mass” shows.