‘It feels like we kind of lost spring:’ Western Washington residents prepare for May heat wave

Western Washington is gearing up for a heat wave, with temperatures expected to reach the 80s by the weekend. It’s been 15 years since the Seattle area has seen a mid-May forecast like this.

Joel Bartlett says the longer and hotter summers of late have prompted Stoneway Hardware in Ballard to stock up on more fan options and air conditioning units.

“It feels like we kind of lost spring,” said Bartlett. “It goes winter straight to summer.”

The Stoneway Hardware employee tells KIRO 7′s Lauren Donovan while they have hundreds of box fans in stock now, once temperatures soar, they expect a rush of customers.

“Usually it’s

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