Jun 24, 2015 9:38 AM by Cort Klopping
Hotter temperatures, low humidity values, and some high clouds are all ahead for your Wednesday forecast. Temperatures are starting out in the mid 60's to low 70's in the valley, and in the mid 40's to mid 50's in the mountains. Afternoon high temperatures are projected to climb into the high 90's to around 106 degrees in the valley, and into the 91 to 97 degree range in the mountains. Most areas will have winds out of the North up to around 10mph, but winds will be out of the Southeast in the mid valley. Some high clouds will track through the northern zones of the state throughout the day, but any chance of showers will stay well to the North in the Washington, or Northern Oregon area.
Temperatures will continue to climb through the end of the week, and valley areas can expect highs to top out in the 105 to 111 degree range by Friday. There will be the potential for thunderstorms from Friday through the middle of next week, with the most likely chance ahead for the mountains. The threat of dry lightning will be a big concern on Friday, and Saturday. Dry lightning will increase the concern for lightning sparked fires. Please use caution over the next several days. High heat could cause serious health impacts for everyone, but especially sensitive groups. The elderly, young children, previous health issues, and pets are at risk in the heat. Also use caution with higher fire danger over the next few days. I hope everyone stays hydrated, finds a good way to beat the heat, and has a wonderful Wednesday!