A weak cold front will move through Northcentral Washington today and will bring dry conditions, gusty winds and cooler temperatures. Forecast for the Columbia Basin and Wenatchee Valley today calling for mostly sunny skies, a northwest wind 10-20 mph and gusty with afternoon high temperatures quite a bit cooler down into lower to mid-80’s.
The winds, low humidity and temperatures over 75 degrees has elevated the fire danger to red flag conditions this afternoon and early evening for Cascade gaps and nearby lowlands into the Wenatchee Valley, Columbia Basin and Waterville Plateau, in addition to the Okanogan valley.
Tonight, the upper level trof associated with the earlier mentioned cold front continues its eastward movement allowing a strong upper level ridge to move over the Pacific Northwest. For Saturday, expect sunny skies light wind and afternoon highs warmer, into the upper 80’s.
…HOTTER WEATHER RETURNS INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK…
Sunday through Thursday, temperatures push back well above normal, with sunny skies Sunday and afternoon highs in the mid to upper 90’s.
Monday and Tuesday are looking like the hottest days with highs averaging between 95 and 105 degrees. The higher end range looks to be around the deeper Columbia Basin. This could approach head advisory thresholds. At this point confidence is low to medium. Either way, the next round of heat is something to think about, especially anyone outside or without air conditioning.
Weather models suggest gradual cooling beginning Wednesday with high temperatures in the upper 90’s, cooling down to the lower 90’s under mostly sunny skies on Thursday.