Weather Eye: Bring a sweater or jacket for fireworks viewing




Patrick Timm

I suppose everyone has plans for the holiday coming up. It’s kind of a bummer the Fourth is on a Tuesday. Should you stay up late for the fireworks and go to work weary-eyed Wednesday? Or, maybe you take the day off.

If you are eying the weather forecast before making your decision, here we go. Today and Friday expect few morning clouds and highs in the 80s. Clouds return Saturday and highs drop into the 70s. Sunday’s a repeat of Saturday. Monday, more marine air filters inland, and we have a chance of some drizzle.

The Fourth has morning clouds, afternoon sunshine and probably those brisk northwest winds in the evening for fireworks. You might need a sweatshirt or light jacket, if not for the cool breeze, then for the multitude of mosquitoes out right now. Whatever the weather, we enjoy the festivities. We haven’t had rain on the Fourth of July for nearly 20 years.

If you are camping out at the coast Saturday through Tuesday, the morning clouds will be more persistent. Expect some drizzle or light rain Sunday through the Fourth. It won’t be anything big, just the usual coastal weather. Pack accordingly.

We have no big storms heading our way the next two weeks or so, just days with the seasonal morning clouds and afternoon sunshine. Other days will be clear, sunny and warm but none of the hot stuff. Of course, it appears things turn mostly sunny and warmer after the holiday. It’s the same old story, it seems.

I do want to mention here that if you are heading northward toward Puget Sound or farther up, say from Ocean Shores north on the Washington Coast, you may encounter some light rain Sunday into Tuesday. It won’t be a soaker, but some liquid may fall from the skies.

Enjoy the summer weather today, and we will chat on Sunday and update the weather logs and peer into the looking glass one last time for the Fourth!

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at