The next couple of days will be an active fire weather pattern. Under sunny skies and light breezes, today will be our warmest day with afternoon high temperatures topping out in the upper 80s to mid-90’s across Northcentral Washington.
The warm temperatures will continue on Tuesday as well with fuels becoming more receptive to fire spread as winds pick up tomorrow out of the west 10-20 mph with gusts as high as 25 mph, highs around 90 degrees.
The Kittitas Valley and Columbia Basin to the Waterville Plateau will need monitoring later this afternoon and evening for critical fire weather conditions as winds increase to between 15-20 mph and gusting as high as 30 mph through the Kittitas Valley.
Wednesday through Friday will be cooler than normal as a dry cold front slides through Northcentral Washington. Under partly cloudy skies, afternoon high temperatures on Wednesday will only top out in the lower 80’s. Thursday and Friday will also be cooler than average with high temperatures Thursday in the lower to mid-80’s while Friday’s highs will reach the mid to upper 80’s.
Expect a heat wave to start on Saturday with sunny skies and afternoon high temperatures in the lower 90’s. Widespread 90’s look like a good weather bet for Sunday with afternoon highs in the Wenatchee Valley reaching the mid-90’s.