Tired of the cool wet showery weather? You are not alone. Exasperated at the spring weather teases like the 70 degree day early this month or the sunshine on Easter Sunday? Join the crowd. Ready for some warmer spring-like weather? There is good news on the horizon.
Yes, it is true! Weather forecasters are not taunting you. Starting Friday and continuing through the weekend, the sun will come out and temperatures will warm to around 60 degrees as higher pressure aloft builds over the Pacific Northwest.
By the way, 60 degrees just happens to be the average high temperature for this time period in April. Sunset is now past 8 PM, and being four weeks beyond the spring equinox, the sun angle is the same as the third week of August – believe it or not.
If you want to get out of doors, this will be the weekend to do so. If headed to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival for instance, anticipate you will not be the only one to do so. Expect crowds and traffic, but enjoy the spectrum of colors illuminated by the sunshine.
Other outdoor activities in the North Sound include the Spring Home Show at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds running from Friday the 22nd to Sunday the 24th. Perhaps take in a baseball game as the Everett Aquasox host the Tri City Dust Devils at Funko Field – Everett Memorial Stadium through Sunday. With Friday being Earth Day, many communities will hold Earth Day activities Friday and into the weekend. And on Saturday, the lowland lake fishing season opens.
Perhaps you want to hit the golf links, take a walk, bike or run in the pleasant sunshine. In Seattle, the annual MS Walk 2022 will take place on Sunday the 24th. Also on Sunday on Whidbey Island is the annual Whidbey Marathon and Half-Marathon. The warmer and dry weekend will also permit much delayed yardwork.
On April 1st, the mountain snowpack was behind average, running about 60 to 85 percent of normal. The cool showery weather during the first half of the month has helped play catch up. According to the Northwest Avalanche Center as of April 15th, the snowpack was about 85 to 120 percent of normal, easing water supply concerns and delaying the start of the wildfire season until later into July.
So all those April showers did have a silver lining, and now this weekend will provide some respite from the cool wet weather as a long awaited reward. The warmer dry weather this weekend will not last forever however. More wet weather returns next week. But enjoy the weekend out of doors at whatever is chosen. And just remember, April showers bring May flowers.