WENATCHEE — Labor Day weekend signals the end of summer for most vacationers even though there’s three more weeks before autumn begins on the calendar.
For those planning that last campout or trip to the lake before school starts, this long weekend’s weather forecast offers an interesting mix of summery heat approaching 90 degrees and potential cooling thunder showers, according to the National Weather Service.
Clouds are expected to clear this afternoon, bringing mostly clear skies and warm temperatures near 80 today and Saturday. Temperatures will warm close to 90 degrees Sunday and Monday throughout most of North Central Washington. The warmer temperatures could bring a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday and Monday. Low temperatures will be in the low 50s.
Campfires are allowed in metal fire rings at U.S. Forest Service campgrounds in Chelan County, but a burn ban is in effect in most other areas of the forest in Chelan County and on Department of Natural Resources land east of the Cascade crest. No fires are allowed in the Cle Elum and Nachez Ranger Districts because of high fire danger there. There are no fire bans in the Okanogan Coounty. Campfires are allowed in the Methow and Tonasket Ranger Districts.
“There have been showers, but they haven’t hit everywhere,” said Robin DeMario, spokeswoman for the Wenatchee and Okanogan National Forest. “Fire danger is still rated very high.” She advised campers to check with the Ranger District office Friday for specific information on camping and fire restrictions, online at www.fs.usda.gov/okawen/