Summer may be in its final weeks, but forecasters say it will make itself felt with above-normal temperatures this week in Washington.
The National Weather Service expects the highest temperatures — 15 to 20 degrees above average — on Wednesday and Thursday.
In the Olympia area, the high Wednesday is forecast for 89 degrees, cooling to 80 degrees Friday and Saturday. Even the coast is expected to reach 80 degrees on Wednesday.
Sunday’s local forecast is for 76 degrees, cloudy and a chance of showers.
Meanwhile, Olympia’s Heritage Park Fountain, a popular swimming-pool substitute, is closed for repairs for the third time since May 2012.
The popular fountain at 330 Fifth Ave. SW was shut off last week after a leak was discovered in its sand filter, said Jonathon Turlove, interim Parks Program & Planning supervisor.
Parts are ordered but aren’t expected until today. Then work will begin, Turlove said. He didn’t immediately know the cost of the repair.
“We’re hopeful that we can get this thing up and running pretty soon,” he said.
The fountain shut down for about a week in July when the fountain’s air compressor failed. And the fountain was also down for more than a month last year because of cracks in the fountain’s concrete moat.
Turlove said the city has hired a consultant to consider a broader overhaul of the fountain, which dates to 1996 and was paid for largely through a memorial gift from the family of Virginia Satterberg Helsell.
“Because I think it is starting to reach the end of its design life, as we say,” he said. “It gets a lot of use, of course.”