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SEATTLE — Summer has some sizzle here this first week of July!

We closed out June with record temps Sunday in Bellingham in the upper 80s and coastal Hoquiam in the low 80s. Warmest in the whole region was Ontario, OR at blistering 106 degrees on Sunday. Seattle was hot as well– with temps getting into the low 90s. It was 93 at SeaTac for the official temperature– making that the hottest day of 2013 so far. It was not a record though, the number to beat was 96.

Today, however, will likely see more records fall. The number to beat at SeaTac is 87– and my forecast high is 90 degrees. We’re going to slowly cool things down a couple of degrees every day– as more marine air sneaks into the forecast to moderate out the sweltering NW heat.

It looks nice and dry for the 4th of July holiday weekend. Except for some Cascade pop-up t-storms this week– all the rain and clouds stay away around the Puget Sound. Independence Day itself looks like it will still be warm– with temps about 5 degrees above normal– but not quite as hot. My forecast high 79 beautiful degrees. Enjoy!

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