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Coming soon to Puget Sound area: 'Extraordinarily warm period'


Sick of the dreary weather? Fear not—a big change is coming, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“The cold and rain is going to turn into warmth and sun pretty soon,” says Mass, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Washington.

How soon? First, a front will move through, bringing more of the same wet and gray weather.

“And then on Sunday, we’re going to start really drying out,” says Mass, adding there may be a few showers in the morning, “but after that, the world changes completely.”

“Temperatures are going to move up and up, day by day,” he says.

Think: upper 50s on Sunday, lower 60s on Monday, mid-60s on Tuesday, upper 60s on Wednesday, “and it could even get into the 70s by Thursday,” says Mass.

And the warm weather will stick around until Saturday, making for what Mass calls an “extraordinarily warm period” with summer-like temperatures. 


Do you have a weather question? Cliff Mass and Keith Seinfeld occasionally answer reader questions on the air. Share yours here.

The weekly KPLU feature "Weather with Cliff Mass" airs every Friday at 9 a.m. immediately following BirdNote, and repeats twice on Friday afternoons during All Things Considered. The feature is hosted by KPLU’s Science and Health reporter Keith Seinfeld. Cliff Mass is a University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, a renowned Seattle weather prognosticator, and a popular weather blogger. You can also subscribe to a podcast of “Weather with Cliff Mass”shows.

Keith Seinfeld is a former KNKX/KPLU reporter who covered health, science and the environment over his 17 years with the station. He also served as assistant news director. Prior to KLPU, he was a staff reporter at The Seattle Times and The News Tribune in Tacoma and a freelance writer-producer. His work has been honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.