WENATCHEE — There was good reason to think summer had come early this past weekend. Sunday’s high temperature of 82 degrees shattered the previous record of 77 set April 22, 1977.
Highs today are forecast to again reach into the low or mid 80s, but not as likely to better the Wenatchee record of 87 degrees, also set in 1977, according to the National Weather Service.
The unseasonably high temperatures — average for today is 64 — could also bring a thunderstorm or two. Temperatures will gradually cool into the 70s Tuesday and Wednesday, and then to the 60s by Thursday with an increasing chance of rain each day. Lows will stay well above the freezing level, in the 50s through Thursday, dropping to the mid 40s by next weekend.
The Weather Service posted a hydrological outlook for the week, with a warning that warm weather and rain will cause all rivers east of the Cascades to rise quickly. Only the Stehekin River, however, was expected to fill its banks and cause minor flooding. Small streams draining high elevation snowfields could also overflow their banks.