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Today’s Forecast

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☀️ It’s gettin’ hot in here
An Argosy cruise ship is pictured while on one of its boat tours past the Olympic Sculpture garden. The green grass and trees key in that this was taken during a beautiful summer day.
It’s almost time to get back to our summer activities. | Photo by @dcphotos84
You know what they say — suns out, puns out.

It’s time to break out those resting beach faces because summer is coming in hot — hotter than usual, actually. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, the Seattle area is in for a little extra heat partially due to an El Niño weather pattern that’s on its way out.

Turn on those A/C’s and let’s get specific.

A map of the US uses colors to represent the likelihood of different kinds of temperature trends we might see between June and August. A majority of the map is covered in warm tone colors, showing a high likelihood of warmer than average temperatures. Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah have the highest likelihood of high temps. The only place in the US that have equal chances of a warmer or cooler than usual is North + South Dakota and the western part of Minnesota. The entire state of Washington is covered in orange.

Welp... looks like we’re all going to be wearing a lot more tank tops this summer.


Screenshot via NOAA Climate Prediction Center


Think hot-hot-hot. This summer, Seattle has a 40-50% chance of temperatures being higher than normal.


Expect slightly less precipitation. Seattle has a 40-50% chance of seeing below-normal rainfall amounts this summer.

By the Month: June

While the old adage says that summer doesn’t generally start in Seattle until July 5, there’s a fair likelihood that this may prove to be untrue this year. June will likely have an average high of 69° and lows around 48°. Also, the solstice happens on Tuesday, June 21, which means we’ll see a 5:11 a.m. sunrise and a 9:07 p.m. sunset.

By the month: July

In July, we’ll likely see temps creep up to highs of 76° and lows of 52°. We will also be squarely in the dry season by this point with an estimated average of ~4.2 rainy days. Of course, that may be less this year, given the NOAA predictions.

By the month: August

The averages are predicted to stay pretty consistent with highs around 76° again and lows around 54°. However, this is our warmest month for seawater with an average ocean temp of 53°.
Monday, May 20
  • Monday Reset | Monday, May 20 | 5-7:30 p.m. | The Scene in South Park, 1249 S. Cloverdale St., Seattle | $5 | Get out of the office and into the right head space with ambient music, food, and light socializing.
  • Microwave | Monday, May 20 | 6 p.m. | Showbox SODO, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle | $33 | This band’s new album is a sonic catharsis incarnate, expressing mental and physical frustration through ten dynamic tracks.
  • girl in red: Doing It Again World Tour! | Monday, May 20-Tuesday, May 21 | 8 p.m. | Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle | $50 | This alternative pop artist from Norway is touring for her newest album “I’M DOING IT AGAIN BABY!” released in April.
  • CENTERFOLD: A Celebration of Trans Excellence | Monday, May 20 | 8 p.m.-12 a.m. | Queer/Bar, 1518 11th Ave., Seattle | $15 | Dance the night away with music, drinks, pop-up performances, and more.
Tuesday, May 21
  • Painting Class | Tuesday, May 21 | 1-3 p.m. | Monster, 1716 NW Market St., Seattle | $75 | Bring a laser-etched wood panel to life by painting a koi pond in this guided class.
  • Taylor Swift Trivia Night | Tuesday, May 21 | 7-9 p.m. | Ounces Taproom & Beer Garden, 3809 Delridge Way SW, Seattle | $10 | Make those bracelets and get ready to test your knowledge of all things Taylor Swift at this Seattle Beer Week event.
  • Noah Haidu, Buster Williams, and Lenny White Trio | Tuesday, May 21-Wednesday, May 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle | $35.50 | So a pianist, a bassist, and a drummer walk into a jazz club... Yeah, we don’t know where that joke was going either.
Wednesday, May 22
  • Art of Container Gardening | Wednesday, May 22 | 4-7 p.m. | Wit Cellars, 19501 144th Ave. NE, Woodinville | $125 | Shop garden containers, soil, tools, and plants + sip on wine and chat with fellow gardeners to close the evening.
  • How to Prepare and Apply for Commercial Funding | Wednesday, May 22 | 6-8 p.m. | Tabor 100, 7100 Fort Dent Way, Tukwila | Free | Gain insider knowledge + next steps on how to secure funding for your business.
  • “Song Lang” | Wednesday, May 22 + Friday, May 24 | Times vary | Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle | $7-$14 | Discover the romantic heart of this gritty underworld noir film set in Saigon in the ‘80s.
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the seattle wheel at sunset
Unlock a new side of Seattle with a digital passport in your pocket. | Photo provided by Seattle Explored
It’s no surprise we’re big fans of shopping locally — and Seattle Explored wants to help reward Seattleites who support small businesses and artists. How? We’re glad you asked. The free Seattle Explored digital passport program allows both locals + visitors to take advantage of the city’s unique businesses and experiences.

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All you need is a smartphone and a sense of adventure.
News Notes
  • It looks like Sammamish is finally getting a downtown. Community leaders broke ground on the Sammamish Town Center, a mixed-use development featuring 86 townhomes, 300 apartment units, and 82,000 sqft of restaurant + retail space. The first phase will include 38 townhomes and take 12-18 months to complete. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
  • Chef Brendan McGill’s downtown restaurant Bar Solea, which closed in 2023, has officially transformed into his new venture Oyster Cellar. Diners can expect a selection of dishes like Dungeness crab-topped gem lettuces, poached hakurei turnips, and oysters (of course) at the 822 First Ave. spot. (Eater Seattle)
  • Previously, Seattle Public Schools announced that it could potentially close 20 elementary schools. Now, SPS is holding four informational meetings for parents starting Saturday, May 25 to address concerns and provide more information on the “school merger” plan. (KING 5)
  • Downtown Seattle’s Pacific Place Mall just changed ownership. Los Angeles-based BH Properties is taking over the 335,000-sqft property with some new ideas in mind to make it a “first-class shopping and dining destination.” The changeover is in the running for the biggest retail transaction this year in the Seattle area. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
  • You might start seeing some fancy new e-bikes from Lime rolling out on the Seattle streets soon. The biz’s latest generation of bikes uses a throttle system to power its wheels (similar to how its scooters work) instead of just the pedal-assist technology. No exact roll-out date has been announced. (GeekWire)
  • Bellevue’s done it again — the Eastside city was named the No. 10 best city to live in the US by Niche. The ranking used factors like the quality of public schools, diversity, nightlife, and more to make its distinctions. Naperville, IL was listed as the No. 1 spot. (Downtown Bellevue Network)
  • Looking to spend some more time in our lovely parks? The Cal Anderson Park Alliance is looking to hire an activation manager to oversee a new pilot program that leaders hope will bring more events to the park. Interested individuals can apply online. (Capitol Hill Seattle)
  • The Seattle Seahawks have their schedule for the 2024 season, shall we go ahead and start making wildly-too-far-in-advance predictions? Hear from the local experts on the Seahawks with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
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    🤷 Ramie? You hardly know me.
    A margarita-esque cocktail sits on a wooden table. The rim is coated with black lava salt, and a green leaf garnishes the top of the drink.
    The Hoa Anh Tuc is Ramie’s take on a margarita, mixing tequila with peppercorn, tangerine, and lime for a citric sip with a bite. | Photo by SEAtoday staff
    Looking for a new place to scope and snack with your friends?

    Ramie, a new restaurant venture from the same folks behind Bainbridge’s Ba Sa, is opening Wednesday, May 22 with a menu inspired by the nhau culture of gathering to eat and drink for no particular reason (count us in).

    Diners can expect shareable dishes like oyster mushrooms cooked in a fish sauce and lime juice reduction, rice rolls with shrimp butter and ground pork, and a chewy hollow bread served with honey butter.

    The cocktail menu also includes treats like the Cốm (or Panda Rice) which tastes like a slightly bitter key lime pie + a margarita with peppercorn, tangerine, and garlic + chives.

    Trinh and Thai Nguyen’s sleek new space is open at 1529 14th Ave. from Wednesday to Sunday, 3-10 p.m.

    Dig in.
    The Buy
    An excellent summer hydration bottle: Hydro Flask’s 32-oz. stainless bottle with a flex straw lid. Color “Sugar Crush” is only available for a limited time, and it’s so cute and summery, we’ve got all the heart eyes for it.
    The Wrap
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    From the editor
    Are Madeline and I in our... chef era? The answer is yes. We got invited to go learn how to make congee at Ballard’s Secret Congee last Friday and we have some piping hot tips to spill for you all. Stay tuned.
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