PHOTOS: Seattle sweats out a very hot July
Seattle reached its second hottest July on record by reaching 89 degrees Monday.
Monday also ties the most consecutive days of at least 85 degrees. In 1977 and 1967 the city boasted streaks of nine days in a row of high temperatures, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Michalski.
The Puget Sound area should be sweating a little less going forward as cooler marine air is moving inland and will bring temperatures down to the 70s on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Further out, there are more hot days ahead. The weather service predicts the next three months in Western Washington will be warmer and drier than average.
Smoke from wildfires has created a light haze over parts of Washington. It was visible in Seattle on Monday.
"I can't see the Cascades from our office right now, so definitely smoke is over the area,” Michalski said.
He said air quality should improve as the week goes on, but fire weather warnings remain.
“Right now we do have a Red Flag Warning up for the west slopes of the Cascades, so definitely want to be careful if you're in the mountains, and pay attention to campfire rules and burn bans especially," he said.
Air quality was rated as good or moderate in most of the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett area on Monday according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
Smoke has come into the area from fires in California, Canada, and as far away as Siberia, according to the National Weather Service.
Correction 7/31/18 8:18 a.m.: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the record this July broke. It is the second hottest July on record.
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