Dry weather is about to become a thing of the past so grab your umbrella and hold on.
Mother Nature is about to flip a switch, swapping the recent months of blue skies and warm temperatures for the more familiar gloom, cloudy days and unrelenting showers.
Expect the change late Thursday or Friday morning.
“Looks like summer is coming to an end here,” National Weather Service meteorologist Art Gaebel said.
The first of four weather systems will hit by the end of the week, bursting through the ridge of high pressure that has held off precipitation for so long. A second system is expected to follow right behind, bringing harder rain Saturday.
There could be a respite Saturday night but two more systems move in Sunday and Monday in quick succession.
When the storms move on, forecasters predict we could be water-logged with more than an inch of rain. That’s more rain than the region has seen since July in a matter of four days.
Temperatures will dip into the low 60s, and nighttime temperatures will drop into the high 40s.
Quite a change from the 80-degree days that helped set a record for the region’s second longest dry spell. The 48-day stretch began July 23 and ended Sept. 9 when a mere 0.01 inches of rain fell.
The last raindrops were recorded Sept. 28, but it was just a trace.
Drizzle was so rare the last few months that August and September became the driest two-month period (0.03 inches) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for 65 years. Factor in June and it becomes the second driest.
But those records will become a distant memory as Western Washington hunkers down for a typical autumn.