After a period of cool, wet conditions, Seattle will be gripped by record warmth and a lot of sunshine this week.
As of Thursday evening, Seattle reached an unofficial high of 85 F, shattering the record of 81 F set in 1998.
While it will remain warm on Friday, the record high of 87 F set in 1945 will not be challenged. The high is expected to be in the mid-70s.
Spotty showers and more clouds will return for the weekend as a storm over the Pacific approaches, and the limited sunshine will hold temperatures down. Highs will be in the low 60s on Saturday and Sunday.
Content contributed by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Meghan Evans.
Tropical Depression Two has formed in the Atlantic and could become the next tropical storm of the season by midweek.
Severe storms will rumble through parts of the Midwest, including Chicago, early Tuesday night.
Warm and humid air in place over much of the Midwest and Northeast at midweek will contribute to the risk of drenching, gusty and locally severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.
After temperatures briefly climb to typical midsummer levels, another cooldown will roll into the Midwest and expand to the East for the last part of July.
With the recent heat fading away, more relief will greet the Northwest by midweek in the form of rain.
Montpelier, ID (1990)
75 mph winds gust; tree damage.
Seattle, WA (1991)
99 degrees, all-time record high for July.
Heat Wave: Location New Record(F): Old Record(F)/Year: Washington, D.C. 101 100/1987 Philadelphia, PA 99T 99/1978 Atlantic City, NJ 100 96/1987 Harrisburg, PA 103 98/1987 Baltimore, MD 103 98/1987 (Custom House)