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Mass: Sun-Filled Weekend Will Offer Short Reprieve From Infamous June Gloom

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Tim Durkan
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It appears the infamous June Gloom will spare us — at least for now.

“Normally this month, we have June Gloom: cloudy skies, temperatures in the 60s. But this year, it’s been unusually nice, [with] temperatures above normal and extraordinary amounts of sun,” Mass said.

Most of the weekend will continue that way, with June Gloom due to return on Monday.

Weekend To Start With ‘Just A Perfect Day’

Mass says Friday will bring a beautiful start to the weekend, with sunshine and temperatures in the 70s.

“Just a perfect day,” said Mass, adding that the only clouds that might form will be along the crest of the Cascades.

Saturday will be another decent day, though it could be a bit cooler — “Maybe a slight knock-down by a few degrees,” said Mass.

But there will be sun and temperatures will still get into the 70s.

On Sunday, a new regime will start creeping in as an upper-level trough approaches. But it will hold off until later in the day, and temperatures will remain in the lower 70s.

“There’ll be some clouds coming in middle-end of the day, and in fact, there could even be some showers late in the day on Sunday,” Mass said.  “So we’ve got to watch out for that. There could be a few thundershowers, and it’ll probably wait until after dinnertime.”

Regime Change Come Monday

“Unfortunately, the trough really pushes in on Monday,” said Mass, predicting a big change from the weekend.

“The marine clouds that are just lurking there over the Pacific will push in,” he said, predicting lots of clouds, maybe a few sprinkles and temperatures dropping back into the 60s.

Things will likely improve on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Mass, but on Thursday, a strong trough will move in, bringing with it some serious rain.

“And we need it,” said Mass, noting the streak of unusually warm, dry weather we’ve seen for this time of year. “The gardens are drying out really quickly now.” 

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.