A strong ridge of high pressure over the pacific northwest will push temperatures into the upper 80’s and 90’s starting on Friday across portions of interior Western Washington. Overnight temperatures will remain warm, with low temperatures in many areas remaining in the lower to mid 60’s. Saturday will likely be the hottest day with high temperatures expected to reach the lower to mid 90s around the greater Puget Sound region and the southwest interior. Higher level clouds are expected to increase Saturday afternoon through Sunday night allowing high temperatures to cool slightly on Sunday but maintaining unusually warm overnight lows. although coastal areas and other areas near large bodies of water will be a little cooler, temperatures in those places will still be well above normal.

The increased moisture could also trigger thunderstorms across parts of Western Washington from Saturday afternoon through Sunday. There is a lot of uncertainty regarding details this far in advance. but forecasts should be monitored closely as any lightning would greatly increase fire potential.

During hot weather it is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. if you are more susceptible to the heat, stay inside in air conditioned areas. Avoid leaving children and pets unattended in cars, as temperatures inside parked cars can rise very quickly to deadly levels. remember to apply sunscreen if you are outdoors.

The weather has been quite dry the last couple of months and now with the hottest weather of the year expected this weekend, fire danger will be high. a number of fires have already occurred in Western Washington thanks to the dry conditions.

To help avoid starting any wildfires, avoid any outdoor burning including tossing any burning materials out of your vehicle. With the Fourth of July holiday just around the corner, practice safety with your fireworks and observe local bans. Have a bucket of water or a hose nearby in case they are needed. Call 911 if a fire emergency arises. A good alternative is to visit your local fireworks display rather than use fireworks yourself.