Don’t expect relief from the heat any time soon. In fact, it’s about to get hotter.
Temperatures will increase slightly Wednesday over what we experienced Monday and Tuesday and then max out Thursday.
The increasing temperatures are a result of a trough digging off the West Coast which will further amplify the ridge.
There is an extreme heat warning for most of North Central Washington until 8 p.m. Friday.
Daytime max temperatures will flirt with daily record highs Thursday and Friday during the peak of the event.
Record high-temperatures are forecast for Thursday, with readings by late afternoon in the 105-110 range.
Other than the heat, the biggest concern over the next 48-plus hours will be fire weather with hot and dry conditions having the high potential of igniting fires.
An upper level low continues its slow approach to the Pacific Coast with its accompanying cold front.
With this, the cool down after peaking Thursday is holding off a little bit longer than expected. Temperatures only look to cool a few degrees on Friday with lots of sunshine and afternoon high temperatures between 100-105.
The departure of the ridge begins to inch its way out of the Pacific Northwest slowly over the weekend.
Saturday and Sunday will be cooler, but still above normal with widespread highs in the mid-to-upper 90s.
Moving into next week, the cold front passage will bring temperatures back closer to normal in the upper 80’s.
Winds will continue to be a bit breezy through the weekend, with another spike early next week with winds around 10-20 mph.