Spring-like temperatures will continue this week in Western Washington with a chance of light rain around the corner.
The National Weather Service reported record highs Monday and Tuesday at Sea-Tac Airport and in Olympia.
Sea-Tac’s high Tuesday was 61 degrees, beating a 2007 record of 58. In Olympia, Tuesday’s high of 62 tied the record set in 2007.
On Monday, temperatures reached 59 at Sea-Tac and 60 at Olympia, beating 1997 records of 58 and 59, respectively.
The thermostat should dip only slightly, to 54, by Friday, enough that no other records are expected to be broken this week.
Forecasters said the warmer weather is due to a summer-like high pressure ridge that creates dry, sunny days.
“The vampire of weather patterns ... but there is no silver bullet or wooden stake to stop it,” Cliff Mass, a meteorologist at the University of Washington, wrote on his blog.
Clouds could roll in Wednesday with a chance of rain Thursday, the Weather Service said.
But the high pressure will rebuild through the weekend and into next week.
Ski resorts have struggled with the warm weather.
Crystal Mountain had limited operations Tuesday, and Snoqualmie Pass areas were closed for skiing. Stevens Pass had most of its chairlifts open, which it credited to trail maintenance and a deeper lower-mountain snowpack than other resorts.