Updated Saturday 5:20 p.m.
What a spectacular Sunday! As promised, it was bright and blue right out of the gate, and thanks to that early boost of late spring sunshine, highs climbed well into the 70s by the afternoon. The clear conditions and warmth were the ideal backdrop for the Folklife Festival, boating, or hiking in the high country.
While we've been enjoying the sunshine around the Sound, a robust marine layer has been marinating over the Eastern Pacific. Stronger onshore flow is going to kick in after dark, pulling the blanket of thick overcast into Puget Sound by dawn on Monday. We'll wake up to low clouds and even a little mist and drizzle -- a far cry from the early sun that kicked off the day on Sunday. The clouds will be stubborn and tough to burn through, so we'll only see limited clearing from Bremerton to Bellevue on Memorial Day afternoon. Afternoon highs will settle back into the middle 60s. It will still be comfortable for getting outdoors, but you may need to don the #SoNorthwest combo of fleece-and-flip-flops to stay warm enough if you're enjoying the great outdoors.
This typical late spring pattern will have a firm grasp on us for the rest of the week. Early 'May Gray' clouds will kick off each day, and we'll only see partial clearing Tuesday through Thursday afternoons. This will take us back to seasonable temperatures for this time of year, with middle 60s around the Sound for most of the work week. After a very dry and warm month, May will finish in a more typical fashion.
While May was nearly rain-free (we only have .12" in the gauge so far, and normal for this time in the month is 1.62"), June looks to take things in a different direction. A disturbance curling in our direction Friday will increase our clouds, and so far, it looks like rain is in the cards at times from Friday night through Sunday morning.
In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell
The KOMO4 Forecast Team
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