WENATCHEE — Tuesday’s blistering temperatures melted some decades-old records around North Central Washington.
Wenatchee was one of the region’s hot spots, topping out at 104 and breaking the previous record of 99 set in 1967, said Steven Van Horn, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
Other long-time records toppled Tuesday as Omak reached 103, beating the previous record of 102 set in 1942, and Grand Coulee Dam sizzled to 101, besting the old record of 98 set in 1940.
New records were also set in Ephrata, which reached 104 and bested the previous record of 98 set in 2006; and Entiat heated up to 101, topping the record of 97 set in 2006.
Temperatures will ease back into the 80s and 90s over the next few days. But the warm temperatures combined with increased winds and low humidity will create dangerous fire weather over the July 4 holiday, Van Horn said.
The National Weather Service has issued a warning through Thursday night for weather that could cause extreme fire behavior if fires ignite.
In the Wenatchee area, wind gusts of up to 30 mph are forecast.