South Sound is feeling the heat for the first time in 2014. The past month has been unusually wet and rainy, with nearly a full extra inch of rainfall above the annual average, according to the National Weather Service office in Seattle.
But the clouds have finally parted.
Wednesday afternoon was nothing but bright, blue skies with temperatures reaching 84 degrees. It was the second highest reading in the Olympia’s history for the month of April. The record of 87 degrees was reached on April 27, 1987.
Residents around the city were out and about, looking for ways to embrace the warm weather. At Percival Landing, Julie Aho played catch with a friend for the first time in several years.
“My mitt and ball have been in the trunk of my car just waiting for a day like this,” she said. “I love the sunshine, it just makes me really happy.”
Those looking to beat the heat had their options as well. “Business is easily two times better when it’s warm outside,” said Michael Kent of Grandpa’s Soda Fountain and Ice Cream Parlor on Fourth Avenue.
Grandpa’s has been hopping the last couple days. “We’ve been getting around 100 people in,” Kent said. “It’s gotten to the point where I’ve had to call people in just to handle the workload.”
What’s the best flavor to cool yourself down? “Well, we sold out of sherbet yesterday,” Kent noted.
If you haven’t had the chance to soak in the sun yet, you had better hurry. While Thursday is forecast to be a repeat, or even warmer than Wednesday, the forecast for this weekend is more rain with highs into the upper 60s.