WASHINGTON STATE – A large ridge of high pressure is currently building over Washington which forecast to help bring record-setting heat to some parts of the state this week.
After flirting with its all-time high for June 11 on Tuesday, Moses Lake is set to break their records on the temperature gage for June 12 and 13 on Wednesday and Thursday with highs of 95 and 97 respectively, both of which would shatter the old marks of 92 for both days from 1955 and 2002.
Wenatchee and Ephrata are also poised to tickle their record highs for both days as well, all of which were established during the sizzling late spring of 1974 when each city hit 94 on June 12 and 95 on June 13.
Many locales west of the Cascades are also staging to see their all-time highs bested on Wednesday and Thursday, including Seattle, whose mark could fall by one or two degrees and Olympia, where longtime records in the mid-80s are expected to be blown away by readings in the low 90s.
The unseasonably hot weather will not only make things stickier and generally less comfortable for residents all around the Evergreen State but will also elevate their danger of living here, since nearly all of Eastern Washington is under a Fire Weather Watch until 10 p.m. on Thursday due to relative humidities as low as 15 percent and gusty west winds of up to 35 mph.
Meteorologist Amanda Young with the National Weather Service office in Spokane tells iFIBER ONE News that the scorching heat will subside by midday Friday when a cold front passes through the region but that temperatures will still remain quite warm, with highs in the mid to upper 80s in North Central Washington and the low 90s for the Columbia Basin this weekend.