The past several days has brought strong showers, lightning, and occasional gusty winds. But that inclement weather will soon be a memory as a major ridge develops over the western U.S. Temperatures will climb into the 80s west of the Cascades, with highs reaching into the lower 100's early next week over portions of eastern Washington.
The latest 6-10 day temperature forecast from the Climate Prediction Center says it all: well above normal in the west, with the most anomalous warmth (dark red) over eastern Washington and Oregon.
The UW WRF model is going for a nice warm up by Friday (see graphic), with temperatures reaching into the low-80s over SW Washington and low 90s in eastern Washington.