Heat To Ease This Weekend

lakecrescentjulyMore hot weather is forecast through Friday across Washington, but the National Weather Service says temperatures should ease back toward normal this weekend. Thursday and Friday in the Puget Sound area, will start out with patches of fog and low clouds, but will warm up to the low 80's. The forecast for the weekend and next week is cooler weather, with the temps in the mid to low 70’s with a chance of drizzle in the mornings, beginning Sunday.

This has been the 11th-warmest July on record in Spokane where a 10th-straight day of 90-degree weather is expected Friday before a gradual cooling trend. The average temperature so far this month in Spokane is nearly 74 degrees.

The heat means wildfire danger, and there's a red flag warning from Thursday afternoon to Friday night in an area that includes Ellensburg and Yakima. There's a fire weather watch for the area including the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla. With the cooling trend, forecasters say weekend highs will slide into the 80s in Eastern Washington and 70s in Western Washington.

July 25, 2013/AP