Another reason to celebrate: Dry weather forecast for Fourth of July on Peninsula
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Chrisopher Lott, 11, left, looks at fireworks as his mother, Christina Lott of Port Angeles, makes a selection Thursday at a fireworks stand operated by the Port Angeles Rainbow Girls near First and Chambers streets in Port Angeles. — Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News

By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Good news for parade-goers, barbecue enthusiasts and fireworks aficionados: the North Olympic Peninsula will likely stay dry this Independence Day.

“We're not really expecting precipitation,” said Josh Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.

“So that's good news for the Fourth-of-Julyers.”

A mix of clouds and sun is forecast for the Peninsula lowlands, with Port Angeles and Sequim having the best chance for sunshine most of the day.

“The Port Townsend area looks like it's going to be cloudy in the morning,” Smith said.

“Port Angeles and Sequim might not even have those clouds in the morning. Some areas might be sunny the whole day.”

He added: “It might be clouding up a little more in the evening.”

The West End will be mostly cloudy this morning with clouds giving way to patchy sun in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

“The farther you go west, the cooler it will probably be,” Smith said.

“That's pretty typical in the summer.”

The National Weather Service on Thursday called for decreasing clouds today and a high of 65 in Port Townsend, partly sunny skies and a high of 67 in Sequim, mostly sunny and a high of 63 in Port Angeles and decreasing clouds and a high of 68 in Forks.

Tonight's forecast was for mostly cloudy skies in all four Peninsula cities with lows in the mid-to-lower 50s and a 5-to-10 mph breeze from the northwest.

The rest of the weekend looks much the same on the Peninsula — a mix of clouds and sun with highs in the 60s and lows in the 50s.

Port Angeles and points west have a 30 percent chance of showers moving in Saturday, the forecast said.

“There's not much going on off shore,” Smith said.

“Pretty weak gradients, it looks like.”


Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at

Last modified: July 03. 2014 9:13PM
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