Today will be 3 to 6 degrees warmer than Monday for most locations in Northcentral Washington and the Inland Northwest. Under sunny skies and a west breeze, afternoon high temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper 90’s for some of our hot spots like Moses Lake, Wenatchee, and Omak. These temperatures are about 15 degrees above average for this time of year. Sustained west winds of 10 to 15 mph gusting to 20 mph will be common today as well in the Waterville Plateau, Wenatchee Valley and Columbia Basin.
High pressure will remain in control for both Wednesday and Thursday with breezy conditions tomorrow, diminishing Thursday with afternoon highs in the mid 90’s each day.
In case you haven`t heard, we`ll be getting REALLY hot Friday through this weekend! Temperatures will increase from the upper 90’s Friday into the triple digits for the remainder of the forecast period. This will be a historic heat event, and it will, without a doubt, set more than a few high temperature records. Friday expect sunny skies with afternoon highs in the upper 90’s to near 100 degrees.
Then Saturday through Monday our weather really gets hot with sunshine each day and afternoon high temperatures around 105 Saturday, 108 on Sunday and near 110 degrees on Monday!
Current weather models indicate that Tuesday and Wednesday could prolong the triple digit streak or maybe be even hotter than the previous days and the upcoming heat event raises some concerns. This won`t just be one day in the 100s. Multiple days in a row of these temperatures will make heat illness all the more likely if precautions aren`t taken because the heat will continue to stress the body each day. The heat will unfortunately also be bad news for farmers. Low relative humidity and no precipitation will worsen the already bad drought.