MONDAY:

Puget Sound Forecast: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60's to near 70. North wind 5 to 15 mph.

Mountain Forecast: Mostly sunny. Freezing level near 8,000 feet. Pass temps in the low 50's to low 60's. East wind at pass level 10 to 15 mph.

Coast Forecast: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60's to lower 70's. East wind 10 to 15 mph.

Eastern Washington Forecast: Sunny. Highs range from near 60 to near 70.

DISCUSSION:

After a wet and seasonably cool first half of April, the tables have turned! We are looking at exactly the opposite weather this upcoming week including plenty of sunshine and warming temperatures. The sunshine began filtering in Sunday, but will be widespread at least through Thursday.

What's happening is a strong ridge of high pressure is setting up over the Pacific Northwest. Our overall weather pattern is then slowing down keeping the ridge in position over us, and keeping the sunshine in the forecast.

Temperatures will make a run at 70 Monday, low to mid 70's Tuesday, and possibly mid to upper 70's by Thursday! By the end of the week, a slow-moving upper level low churns overhead bringing back the clouds, cooler temperatures, and a threat for some light showers.

Keep the sunglasses handy this week!

Ben Dery / KING-5 Meteorologist