Weather Eye: Vancouver edges Seattle in simmering summer race

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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It was a neck-and-neck race between Vancouver and Seattle with the high temperatures Wednesday. At 4 p.m., both cities had 87 degrees. When the daily highs rolled in just after 5 p.m., Vancouver aced Seattle out with 89 degrees to Seattle's 88 degrees. Of course either city could have gone up a degree or two afterward, but noteworthy regardless.

Noteworthy because Seattle, located next to the Puget Sound, is usually much lower in its high temperatures than Vancouver. A high of 88 in Seattle is hot while we simmer just below the hot category.

The ocean beaches in contrast were in the 60s under sunny skies. I would have given anything to have been down there Wednesday, a nice brisk walk along the beach in your hoodie. A northwest wind in your face. Refreshing!

Looking ahead we remain in the 80s through Friday, then as advertised here earlier, morning clouds, afternoon sunshine and highs in the 70s -- maybe 80 if we clear out early. There will be drizzle at the coast this weekend for sure and perhaps in some western valleys.

Still no rain in sight and with six days remaining in the month we should end up on the dry side in the rainfall department. Unless, of course, spotty drizzle makes it to the bottom of the rain gauge.

One hundred-degree highs still remain east of the mountains in various cities. Yakima recorded 101 degrees as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. Hot, dry and dusty! No need to remind you of the high fire danger in the forests.

I noticed Mount St. Helens still had snow on the peak. Quite often by this time of the year all we can see is a hazy gray mountain. Mount Hood is visible in its glory too with snowfields. We'll see what they look like as we get toward the end of August.

See you on Sunday!

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com