12 20 2014
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In this April 13, 2014 photo, Dennis Sutton, of Port Orchard, Wash., takes advantage of a sunny day to kayak off Lions Park in Bremerton, Wash. (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Larry Steagall)

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service is forecasting the warmest temperatures since last summer in the Northwest.

Forecasters say temperatures will rise into the 70s under sunny skies in Washington and Oregon on Tuesday and Wednesday, peaking in the 80s Thursday.

Clouds are expected to bring temperatures back to normal on Friday and next weekend.

The Weather Service says 80-degree days in April are rare in Seattle. That last ones were in 2004. This marks a dramatic change from what has been a wet spring. More than 4 inches of rain this month at Sea-Tac Airport make it the ninth-wettest April on record.

In Portland, highs in the mid-80s are forecast Wednesday and Thursday, with Thursday the warmest day.

The warm weather is likely to last into Friday east of the Cascades.

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