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Saturday, May 11, 2013 - Page updated at 08:30 p.m.

Last chance to bask – dry, sunny weather ending Sunday

By Alexa Vaughn
Seattle Times staff reporter

On April 30, the last day it rained in the Seattle area, Hillel Echo-Hawk’s legs looked much pastier than they did Friday afternoon as she sunned on the lawn at a packed Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill.

“It was pretty bad, but they’re getting there,” said Echo-Hawk, 27, who’s been spending every day of Seattle’s second-driest May letting her now-tan skin soak up as much of the sun and warm weather as she can.

“To wear tanks and shorts here again — it’s amazing,” she said of temperatures that have been up in the high 70s and low 80s since the end of April.

But the National Weather Service expects the spate of picnic and tanning weather to end just in time for Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Rain and temperatures in the 60s could return as soon as Saturday night, but most of Saturday is expected to be nice, said weather-service meteorologist Johnny Burg.

“It should still be sunny in Seattle (Saturday), but by midnight, chances of rain will increase,” Burg said. “Sunday morning we’ll have rain that will be turning into showers in the afternoon.”

While rain-loving types like Burg welcome the wet weather, sun-worshippers will have to wait awhile for another dry streak. Burg said the rain is expected to continue Monday and that Tuesday through Friday should be partly cloudy.

Even if the rest of the month is wet, our early May dry streak will remain the second-longest on record, Burg said. The longest was in 1946, when it didn’t rain until May 24.

Temperatures this month set records on May 6 when we were as hot as Phoenix. And they came close on several other days.

May’s weather stood in stark contrast to April’s, which was the second-wettest on record.

As soon as May hit, it seemed as if Seattle swapped its weather patterns with other cities that typically warm up this time of year.

“We were having highs in the 80s while cities like Atlanta had highs in the 50s — that’s switched around from what it usually is in each city,” Burg said.

Emily Haney was a little sad to miss out on the sunshine as she helped set up a new business, Capitol Cider, but said she saw at least one benefit to the return of rain: Stepping in puddles on Capitol Hill, like she did on Friday, will be far less disturbing.

“That definitely wasn’t from rain — I don’t want to know what it was,” said Haney.

When dry, sunny days come back, she said, she and the new business her husband and a friend are opening will be ready to benefit from nice weather more than she did this week.

“On days like this, Capitol Hill gets out-of-control during the day and then, at night, turns into Tijuana,” Haney said. “We will be taking advantage of that when the sun returns.”

Alexa Vaughn: 206-464-2515 or avaughn@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @AlexaVaughn.

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