After a few early-week rainy days, the first day of 2014 will bring times of sunshine to the city, as temperatures hit 50 degrees.
Highs will stay just below 50 for the remainder of the workweek, with overnight lows dipping into the lower 40s and upper 30.
Showers will return to the city on Thursday and Friday, along with cloudy skies.
Some sunshine will return to Seattle on Saturday. Highs in the 40s and partly sunny skies will provide a break from the rain in the city for the day, but rain and some clouds will return on Sunday.
Looking into next week, mostly cloudy skies will be present through midweek.
The risk of drenching and locally gusty thunderstorms has expanded to parts of Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.
A cold front swinging across the northeastern United States will bring the threat of heavy, drenching thunderstorms Thursday afternoon.
A cold front will press southward bringing relief from the heat to Spain, Italy and southeast Europe late this week.
Flooding monsoon rain will continue this week in India and southeast Pakistan, but a drier pattern is expected to set in during August.
In the most destructive hurricane season in recorded history, images from Katrina, Rita, Wilma and others still resonate today and immediately bring to mind the total despair millions of Americans faced in 2005.
The Stockholm Arlanda Airport in Sweden is giving travlers a chance to sample weather at various destinations around the world through the use of the Climate Portal.
Gulf Coast (1995)
Tropical storm Dean entered the Texas coast near Galveston, TX. Galveston reported a wind gust of 51 mph, but just 0.54" of rain. Coastal roads were flooded across Louisiana.
Las Vegas, NV (1998)
2.50 inches of rain in 1 hour.
Greenville, SC (2004)
Heavy rain causes nearby river to crest at 19.2 feet, the second highest crest ever.