WENATCHEE — Near record high temperatures will continue for much of NCW through the weekend before a cold front moves in Sunday night, bringing a chance of more thunderstorms and much cooler weather.
Highs are forecast to reach 94 degrees in Wenatchee and Omak today, matching records set for both cities in 2009, according to the National Weather Service.
Saturday’s forecast high of 93 in Wenatchee would top the record of 92 set in 2000. Record or near record highs are also forecast for other NCW towns, including Ephrata, where highs could reach 96 today and 94 Saturday.
Temperatures should back off a few degrees to the high 80s for most NCW areas by Sunday.
“This is quite a little heat wave before it cools off,” said Ryan Fliehman, Weather Service forecaster. Highs hit 92 at Pangborn Memorial Airport Wednesday and 94 Thursday. Both were just below all time records.
A strong cold front Sunday will bring a 50 percent chance of rain Sunday through Monday morning. Highs are forecast to cool to around 77 Monday and 73 Tuesday.
“I think people are ready for a little cool-down,” Fliehman said.