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Matlock
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Washington
County Mason
Area
 • Total 21.6615 sq mi (56.103 km2)
 • Land 21.6557 sq mi (56.088 km2)
 • Water 0.0058 sq mi (0.015 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 155
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 98560
Area code(s) 360

Matlock is an unincorporated community in Mason County, Washington, United States. Matlock is the primary population center for the western part of Mason County, a sporadically populated logging area. The most notable sites are the church, food bank, general store, post office, local grange hall, and the Mary M. Knight school, grades kindergarten through senior high school; the school mascot is the Knight Owl.

Matlock features nearby lakes and recreational opportunities, including fishing, hiking, hunting, and horseback riding. The nearest lake to Matlock is Lake Nahwatzel. Every year in first full weekend in May, Matlock hosts the Old Timer's Fair at Mary M. Knight School campus. Here you can find food, crafts, tractors, and fun for the whole family. Matlock is located northwest of Olympia, Washington, about a 20-minute drive from the county seat, Shelton.

Climate

Matlock has high annual precipitation 87 inches (220 cm) due to strong influence from the nearby Pacific. A significant drying trend occurs in summer, giving Matlock a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Csb) according to the Köppen climate classification system.

Climate data for Matlock
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 57
(13.9)
60
(15.6)
61
(16.1)
77
(25)
89
(31.7)
84
(28.9)
89
(31.7)
97
(36.1)
92
(33.3)
76
(24.4)
58
(14.4)
55
(12.8)
97
(36.1)
Average high °F (°C) 45.4
(7.44)
47.1
(8.39)
49.7
(9.83)
55.4
(13)
63
(17.2)
67.3
(19.61)
73.6
(23.11)
77.3
(25.17)
74.6
(23.67)
59.3
(15.17)
49.2
(9.56)
44.5
(6.94)
58.9
(14.94)
Average low °F (°C) 33
(0.6)
33
(0.6)
35.7
(2.06)
36.8
(2.67)
40.8
(4.89)
46.7
(8.17)
50.2
(10.11)
50
(10)
45
(7.2)
41.5
(5.28)
32.7
(0.39)
32
(0)
39.8
(4.33)
Record low °F (°C) 21
(-6.1)
18
(-7.8)
21
(-6.1)
27
(-2.8)
30
(-1.1)
37
(2.8)
40
(4.4)
38
(3.3)
32
(0)
28
(-2.2)
23
(-5)
21
(-6.1)
18
(-7.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 14.39
(365.5)
8.78
(223)
9.75
(247.7)
6.43
(163.3)
4.3
(109)
2.49
(63.2)
1.27
(32.3)
1.61
(40.9)
2.61
(66.3)
8.37
(212.6)
13.96
(354.6)
13.04
(331.2)
87
(2,210)
Snowfall inches (cm) 1.4
(3.6)
1
(3)
0.5
(1.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.8
(2)
0.1
(0.3)
3.7
(9.4)
Avg. precipitation days 22 17 21 18 14 12 7 7 9 16 21 21 185
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