Statement as of 6:05 am PDT on June 26, 2013
... Downpours and a threat of thunderstorms expected today...
... Drier and warmer conditions are in store for Friday and this
A moist and unstable air mass will result in bursts of heavy rain
during the day today. These downpours could produce a quarter of
an inch of rain in less than 30 minutes. There will also be a
risk of thunderstorms this afternoon over the interior... or east
of the olympic range... but a lightning strike cannot be ruled out
elsewhere. Any thunderstorms that do develop today will have the
potential to produce torrential rainfall that could cause minor
flooding. Gusty winds of 35 to 40 mph will also be a possibility
with the thunderstorms. This will be a situation similar to that
of Tuesday afternoon.
Thursday will be a transition day from mild... wet weather to drier
and warmer conditions. High pressure aloft will build over the
region Friday and continue through this weekend. Daytime
temperatures are forecast to climb into the mid 70s to mid 80s
over much of the area... but not as warm on the coast due to light
onshore flow. Although the air mass will undergo drying during
this period... it will still remain relatively moist near the
surface. This will make it feel warmer than it actually is.
If you are thinking about escaping the heat... please remember that
area rivers are still too cold to swim in. They are also a bit
swollen or running swift from recent rains. Be water safe and wear
your life jacket.