Parts of Western Washington including sections of the North Sound have not had any significant rainfall since June 14th this year. The dry and warmer than average weather has resulted in quite dry conditions, an elevated wildfire threat, and dozens of active ongoing wildfires primarily east of the Cascades producing prodigious amounts of smoke and horrid air quality.

So far during this dry spell, the North Sound has been fortunate to avoid any significant local wildfires and smoke from distant fires. However, some wildfire smoke did manage to reach higher altitudes during this past weekend, offering a hazy tinge to the sunshine and vivid sunrises and sunsets.

All things do come to an end. Will this dry weather reach a conclusion before the end of this week, at least temporarily?

The weather pattern does appear to be changing later this week with a weakening Pacific frontal system making its way onshore Friday. This system will not be a gully washer, but may offer some light irrigation to thirsty North Sound yards. Another added benefit from this weather system will be to push the elevated wildfire smoke eastward out of the area.

Some additional showers may follow during the weekend with high temperatures dropping below early August averages. For the site-specific weather forecast for your North Sound location, visit the weather page. Your hometown forecast also includes hourly weather forecast information to help with any outdoor plans you may have.

The dry spell may come to a close by the end of this week, but amplified wildfire conditions will continue since any rain amounts will be light. There is still more warm dry summer weather to follow as August rolls forward.

North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner worked more than 40 years for the National Weather Service (NWS) from 1977 to 2018. He is now an Everett Post Media team member. Together with Everett Post Weather Minute Podcasts, he provides morning and afternoon commute traffic and weather updates on both KRKO and KXA Radio, and sports reporting on KRKO.