Olympia had its second-coldest April on record, and La Niña is to blame.
The average temperature in Olympia last month was 43.7 degrees, a mere tenth of a degree higher than the record set back in 1955, said Dennis D’Amico, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
As he explains it, the region has seen upper level troughs bring in cooler, unsettled air, keeping temperatures colder than normal. In Olympia, April wasn’t exceptionally wet – about one half-inch above average.
Here’s some other April highlights (or lowlights):
• The highest temperature was recorded April 23, when it hit 69 degrees; the low was April 8 at 25 degrees.
• The average high temperature was 5.5 degrees below normal, making it the coldest April on record for high temperatures.
• There were three days in April without precipitation.
As for May, D’Amico said we could be in for more of the same. As La Niña loses its grip on the region, it takes a while for the atmosphere to react and weather will continue to stay in a cool, wet pattern, he said. Normal temperatures will return Wednesday and Thursday but the area is unlikely to see dry and warm weather for a while.
But what about summer? Climate models aren’t yet leaning toward colder or warmer temperatures.
“Anything can happen,” he said.
In other words, stay tuned.