More hot weather is forecast through Friday across Washington, but the National Weather Service says temperatures should ease back toward normal this weekend.
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.