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Seattle weather: Clear skies to see Perseid meteor shower and 90 degree temperatures along the way



A high pressure mountain peak is forming over the Puget Sound area that will make Wednesday the coolest and cloudiest day of the week, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Meteorologist Justin Pullin of the weather agency said Wednesday it is expected the temperature will reach its highest temperature around 70 degrees Celsius.

Mondays and Tuesdays will be a bit cooler, but not by much, he said, with temperatures in the mid-to-low 80s.

If Sunday hits 90 degrees, it will be our third day at 90 degrees this year, much less than in previous years. Just two years ago we saw 9 consecutive days at 85 degrees or warmer at this time.

The impending high-pressure peaks and the offshore currents mean good likely conditions for viewing the Perseid meteor shower, which will appear through August 26.

“We’ll basically have clear skies for the rest of the week,” Pullin said.

Perseids light up the sky as Earth turns into cosmic debris left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle.

The best way to see a meteor shower is to get to a location where the entire night sky is clearly visible. Ideally, it would be somewhere with a dark sky, away from city lights and traffic. To maximize your chances of watching the show, look for an unobstructed, wide field of view.

Tiny and fragile traces of the meteor shower are visible for a certain amount of time, but they actually peak clearly from dusk to dawn in a few days as Earth’s orbit passes through the thickest part of the cosmic line. Meteors can vary in duration, some peak within hours and others last several nights.

Showers tend to occur most after midnight and before dawn.

Information from The New York Times is included in this report.

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