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Seattle sets all-time record for longest stretch of 90-degree highs

The heat wave we are in is breaking all-time records for parts of western Washington.
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Kayakers and boaters ply the waters of Elliott Bay with the Seattle skyline behind during a heat wave hitting the Pacific Northwest, Sunday, June 27, 2021. The day before set a record high for the day with more record highs expected today and Monday. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

SEATTLE — The persistent heat wave gave one last gasp Sunday before waning as we head into the work week. Temperatures Sunday afternoon topped out in the 90s one last time for Seattle before dropping off on Monday.

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The forecast high of low 90s in Seattle Sunday made for six consecutive days of high temperatures reaching 90 degrees or warmer at Sea-Tac. This stretch of six straight days above 90 set an all-time record at Sea-Tac for the past 77 years. On Saturday, we tied 2015 and 1981 for the longest stretch of 90-degree days at five, and Sunday's forecast calls for day six of the 90s.

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Seattle is not the only location adding to the record books. During this heat wave, several daily record high temperatures were broken in western Washington. On July 26, Bellingham (90), Olympia (97) and Seattle (94) all broke previous daily high records, and on Saturday Olympia (99) and Shelton (99) broke previous daily high records.

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Daily high temperature records on Saturday

Heat alerts expired for western Washington Sunday night after days of warnings regarding potentially dangerous temperatures. The National Weather Service (NWS) previously issued an Excessive Heat Warning for areas of Snohomish County north of Everett, King County and the east Puget Sound lowlands, Pierce County south of Tacoma and areas near Bremerton and Silverdale.

A Heat Advisory was issued for surrounding areas, including the Lower Chehalis Valley Area, western Whatcom County, the Hood Canal area, the southwest Interior and western Skagit County.

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Sunday high temperature forecast

In response to the heat, several cooling centers are in place around the Puget Sound region for residents who are homeless or who do not have air conditioning or a place to cool off.

Many cooling centers are at community centers and libraries, but officials also suggested residents go to places like shopping malls to try and beat the heat.

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