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Soak Up That Sun! Cooling Trend, Clouds Ahead


Soak up that sun while you still can. 

The spell of higher-than-normal temperatures and warm, dry weather is coming to an end, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“It’ll be nice, but we’re going downhill," said Mass, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Washington. “It’s been a really warm, dry period. But that’s going to change. Today is the last all-sun day."

More persistent clouds are moving in and will be in the forecast day after day in the week ahead. But it will still be pleasant, says Mass. 

"We're going from mid-80s to low 70s. So you'll notice it," Mass said. "It's going to feel very different."

Mass says the change is due to an upper-level trough moving in.


Do you have a weather question? Cliff Mass and Bellamy Pailthorp 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 twice on Friday afternoons during All Things Considered. The feature is hosted by KPLU Environment Reporter Bellamy Pailthorp. 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.

Bellamy Pailthorp covers the environment beat for KNKX, where she has worked since 1999. From 2000-2012, she covered the business and labor beat. Bellamy has a deep interest in Indigenous affairs and the Salish Sea. She has a masters in journalism from Columbia University.

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