Dry air working into the region ahead of the next low dropping in from the Gulf of Alaska will promote a warming and drying trend today and once again on Saturday.
Under sunny skies and light wind, Northcentral Washington can expect temperatures this afternoon to warm into the mid to upper 80’s.
On Saturday, once again expect lots of sunshine as the heat over the Desert Southwest continues to nudge northward pushing our afternoon temperatures up another 10 degrees into the upper 80’s to mid-90’s. The main impacts from this warmth will be increased fire danger in our fine fuels across the Columbia Basin and the Wenatchee Valley. Two days of low humidity levels and temperatures in the 80s and 90s will continue to cure area fuels. On Saturday night, the next cold front approaches the Washington coast causing winds to pick-up ahead of the front, especially within the Okanogan Valley, Wenatchee Valley and portions of the Western Columbia Basin. Speeds of 10-20 mph will be common with gusts of 30 mph or higher are possible.
The Inland Northwest on Sunday will see another breezy day and much cooler temperatures as our upper air weather pattern switches to a northwesterly flow. Weather forecast for Northcentral Washington on Sunday then calls for sunny skies with a 10-15 mph northwest wind, highs only in the upper 70’s to lower 80’s.
Quiet, relatively seasonal weather is expected for Monday and into the middle of next week with mostly sunny skies each day and afternoon highs in the mid to upper 80’s.