80 degree weather could be around the corner in Western Washington

5/17/17 morning forecast with KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott

A warm-up is coming to Western Washington starting Wednesday and we may reach 80 by next week.

It has been a long wet winter and spring. And probably one of the hardest things for most people is the constancy of the rain. We have had trouble going more than a day or two without rain.

The longest Sea-Tac Airport went in March and April without at least a trace of rain was one day. Things never dried out. We did have five dry days in a row twice in January, but the first stretch was with highs in the mid to upper 30s and the second time was with highs in the upper 30s to mid-40s -- not exactly sunbathing weather.

But now there is hope. Computer models are showing a large ridge of high pressure building along the coast by Wednesday and staying pretty much in place all the way through the middle of next week. We could have seven or more days of dry weather in a row. And we should be into the 70s for highs by the weekend. That's almost breathtaking.

Then we're looking at upper 70s on Monday and possibly 80 degrees on Tuesday.

When was the last time we had a week of dry weather? Based on Sea-Tac's days with 0.00 inches of rain, it was September 9-15, 2016. And highs then were in the 70s.

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