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What a fantastic Friday! Blue skies and sunshine boosted us into the 60s and low 70s around the Sound – such a nice way to end the week. Strong northeast winds brought the mercury but reduced the humidity, so in this dry heat, heading out on the Sound for a sail or checking out the tulips in the Skagit was a great way to spend the afternoon.

If you plan to be outside on Saturday, you should watch the sky for rapidly changing conditions, especially if you’re out on the water by boat or hiking in the mountains. A fast-moving and powerful spring storm will move in by mid-afternoon. While we’ll see highs into the 70s in the Emerald City, the wet weather from the Pacific will make it feel a lot “dumb.” Look for rain to start on the ocean beaches at lunch and sound only at dinner time. Some showers will be moderate to heavy by Northwest standards, and thunder and lightning are possible. Winds will turn sharp and southerly, blowing 15 to 35 mph due to choppy conditions on our waterways.

Sunday will be much more routine, with the familiar shower and sunset ping pong routine back and forth from Ocean Beach to Eatonville. Highs will return to the more typical upper 50s.

Another chance for much-needed spring rain is coming in the middle of next week.

I wish you a good weekend!

Meteorologist Shannon O’Donnell
KOMO 4-Cast team

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