January was warmest on record for Seattle area
January was the warmest on record for the Seattle area.
Seattle Times staff reporter
It wasn't sunbathing weather, but January was the warmest on record for the Seattle area, according to the National Weather Service.
The average temperature was 47 degrees, above the average of 45.8 degrees and the highest temperature since they began being recorded at the Seattle Federal Building in 1891. The normal average temperature for the month is 40.9 degrees.
The second-warmest January on record was 2006, when temperatures averaged 46.6 degrees.
The coldest day last month was Jan. 27, when the low was 35. The average high temperature in January was 51.5 degrees and the warmest day was Jan. 19, when the mercury reached 60 degrees.
"We're in an El Niño, and it tends to be warmer and drier than normal," said forecaster Kirby Cook, of the National Weather Service. "This is a classic El Niño signature."
He said the outlook for the rest of the winter is above-normal temperatures.
January might have been warm, but it was also wet. According to records kept at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 6.17 inches of rain fell during the month, an inch above normal. Much of that came in the second week in January, triggering mudslides.
For February, the Weather Service is forecasting not only warm temperatures but a 55 percent chance of below-normal precipitation.
Susan Gilmore: 206-464-2054 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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