According to the National Weather Services, temperatures to start the month of July were anywhere from one to five degrees below average; both the highs and lows. Meteorologist Marilyn Lohmann says those cooler temperatures have helped slow the typical drying of area soils.
“But there are some concerns especially west of the Tri-Cities in the Yakima area that had those low precipitation numbers and didn’t recover, and we are starting to see a little bit of an increase in fire weather, brush, rangeland fires getting started and able to burn faster with the drier fuels.”
But, Lohmann was quick to point out, with a quite weather pattern expected for the next couple of weeks, the region will dry out because of a lack of rain.
So, when will the Northwest see hot weather?
Lohmann said at this point it looks like we won’t see temperatures consistently in the 90s or 100s until the end of July.
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