Smoke turns Pierce County sunrise red

Smoke from fires in British Columbia and Western Washington blanketed the sky over Longbranch, Wash., Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, giving the sunrise a red hue.
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Smoke from fires in British Columbia and Western Washington blanketed the sky over Longbranch, Wash., Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, giving the sunrise a red hue.
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Yes, wildfire smoke is back. What do you expect from the 3rd hottest month on record?

By Stacia Glenn

sglenn@thenewstribune.com

August 28, 2017 10:23 AM

Yes, that’s wildfire smoke hovering in the region and obscuring views of Mount Rainier again.

Officials say the smoke will linger until Tuesday. Winds are expected to blow it out, though it’s unclear whether the smoke will return.

There’s a red flag warning in the Cascades through Tuesday but no burn bans. Air quality in Tacoma is moderate to good, according to the state Department of Ecology.

The last time wildfire smoke lingered, wildfires in British Columbia were to blame. This time, it’s the Jolly Mountain fire near Cle Elum that started Aug. 11 from lightning and has burned more than 4,400 acres.

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The weather this week is expected to be hot and break all kinds of records.

Monday looks to be the warmest with a high near 90 degrees and then it drops into the low 80s Tuesday.

Forecasters said it’ll stay in the 70s Wednesday and Thursday before shooting back into the 80s through the weekend.

Sunday hit 88 degrees, a record high for that date.

We need one more 90 degree day to claim the record for most 90 degree days in a month at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

There have been five already. The record is six, set in 2016 and 1977.

We see you mountain! Seattle forecast high Mon. 90° would be 6th 90°+ day this Aug. Record for most August 90°+ days 6 (2016 &1977). #wawx pic.twitter.com/PMrT43Vsct

— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) August 28, 2017

It’s been a warmer than usual summer.

The average temperature at Sea-Tac Airport will be just over 70, according to the National Weather Service.

That makes it the third warmest month and the second warmest August on record at Sea-Tac Airport.

Forecasts are certain we’ll break the record streak of consecutive days with higher than 70 degrees on Wednesday, the 63rd day.

The previous record was from June 13 to Aug. 13 in 2015.

“Lots of climate news for Seattle coming up this week,” the Weather Service said.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653