WENATCHEE — High temperatures around Wenatchee could match or break existing records today and Tuesday, with above normal temperatures lasting through Halloween.
The National Weather Service is forecasting highs to reach 71 degrees today and Tuesday. A 71 degree reading today would equal the record high set at Pangborn Memorial Airport Oct. 21, 1972. The record for Tuesday is 72 degrees set in 1973. Sunday’s high of 70 eclipsed the previous record high of 68 set in 1998.
Weather history goes back farther at the Wenatchee Water Plant. The record high of 72 degrees for this day was set in 1942. The record for Tuesday was a very unseasonable 80 degrees, set in 1939.
“There’s not much of a chance of breaking that record,” said Ron Miller, weather forecaster.
High temperatures will cool slightly by Wednesday, but there’s nothing but blue skies and pleasant weather in the forecast for the next 7 to 10 days, Miller said. A strong high pressure system has settled just off Washington’s coast is responsible, deflecting storms and cooler weather farther northeast.
“This is our payback for a stormy September,” he said.
High temperatures in the mid 60s are forecast for Wednesday through the weekend. Low temperatures will be in the upper 30s.