Weather the next 48 hours will feature very hot temperatures, breezy conditions, and the threat of dry thunderstorms over most of Eastern and Central Washington. This is a critical fire weather pattern given the recent hot temperatures and rapidly drying fuels. The overall weather pattern includes a strong area of high pressure in the desert southwest and an accompanying ridge that extends far north into Canada. The ridge will become more consolidated over the next 24 hours which will bring the Inland Northwest the hottest temperatures since August of 2018.
Sunny skies in our Northcentral Washington weather forecast today with afternoon high temperatures possibly record-setting near 105 degrees. The record in Wenatchee today is 103 degrees. Meanwhile, shortwave trof of low pressure will move inland around Northern California later this morning and could kick off dry thunderstorms around Northcentral Washington brining mainly windy conditions and possible lightning. Obviously given the very hot temperatures and dry conditions, any lightning from the high based storms could lead to new fires. Again, with all of this talk of gusty winds from different directions, near record heat, dry fuels, and the chance of dry thunderstorms; all of the elements are there for a critical fire weather pattern. At this time, we are keeping the Excessive Heat Warning for Northcentral Washington until 8:00 p.m. Friday night.
Possible record heat for Friday too with afternoon high temperatures once again near 105 degrees.
For the weekend on Saturday and Sunday, more sunshine but temperatures will be slightly cooler than Thursday and Friday, but will still be above normal for this time of year with highs generally in the mid to upper 90s.
A weak cold front will slide through our area on Monday with afternoon high temperatures on Monday in the lower 90’s, upper 80’s for Tuesday and back into the lower to mid-90’s on Wednesday.