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Hot Weather Through Labor Day

The National Weather Service says building high pressure over the region will allow dry and very warm conditions to develop over Western Washington beginning Friday and extending through early next week, including the Labor Day holiday.

High temperatures over Western Washington will rise into the mid 70s to mid 80s today, then reach the 80s to lower 90s this weekend. Increasing offshore flow will push highs into the lower 80s to mid 90s on Labor Day, peaking in the mid 80s to upper 90s on Tuesday. The warmest locations will be around the Greater Puget Sound region and the Southwest interior.

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Excessive Heat Warning, Red Flag Warning & Poor Air Quality Continue

The Excessive Heat Warning continues through Friday. A Red Flag Warning is in effect today (Thursday). And poor air quality will continue through Friday.

The Excessive Heat Warning is effective until 9 PM Friday as unusually hot weather continues. Forecasters say widespread record highs are expected again today. Highs today will be warmer than Wednesday around 100. Friday will be slightly cooler, but highs will still be in the upper 80s to mid 90s.

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Fire Weather Watch Also Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch along with the Excessive Heat Warning. The Fire Weather Watch is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday evening. Wednesday highs will rise to the mid and upper 90s, and on Thursday range from 96 to 104. Relative humidity Wednesday afternoon are expected to drop into the lower to mid 20 percent range, and on Thursday afternoon range from the upper teens to mid 20s. These conditions are favorable for rapid spread on any new or existing fires. And again outdoor burning has been banned in Mason County and authorities ask residents to be extremely cautious with any spark, flame or burning material.

Hot Weather Energy Conservation Tips

Mason County PUD 3 urges customers to conserve electricity to keep comfortable while avoiding increased energy costs during this week’s hot temperatures. Tuesday’s temperatures could reach the low 90’s, with Wednesday’s high in the mid to upper 90’s. Thursday’s high is forecast for 101 degrees, possibly higher (106 has been mentioned) and probably be within 5 degrees of the all-time record high. Friday will be a bit cooler, but highs will still be in the upper 80s and 90s.

Here are some energy conservation tips:

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Excessive Heat Warning Issued

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning, which is in effect from 2 PM Tuesday to 9 PM PDT Friday. Forecasters say unusually hot weather is forecast to begin Tuesday and continue through Friday, with widespread record highs on Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday should be the hottest day in this stretch for most spots, and high temperatures will probably be within 5 degrees of the all-time record high.

Highs on Tuesday will be in the mid 80s to lower 90s warming to the 90s to near 105 on Thursday. Friday will be a bit cooler, but highs will still be in the upper 80s and 90s.

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Warm Weather Expected This Weekend

The National Weather Service says temperatures are forecast to climb well above normal this weekend. At this time, it appears that the warmest day will be Saturday on the coast and on Sunday over the interior. Highs on Saturday are forecast to climb into the 80s on the coast, away from the ocean. Expect temperatures to soar into the mid 80s to mid 90s across much of the interior on Sunday. Temperatures expected in the Shelton area:

If you are planning on heading to area rivers and lakes this weekend to beat the heat, please keep in mind that the water is still too cold for swimming. Wear an approved life jacket. Drownings tend to occur during hot spells in Western Washington.

Flood Warning for Skokomish River

A Flood Warning is in effect for the Skokomish River. The River is expected to crest near 17.4 feet around 5 PM today and will fall toward the 17-foot flood stage Wednesday but will likely rise again to stay near or above flood stage until early Thursday.

At 17 feet, the Skokomish will cause widespread flooding of pasture lands with water flowing over West Bourgault Road and Skokomish Valley Road.

Flood Watch Issued for Skokomish

A flood watch has been issued for the Skokomish River effective from Wednesday morning through last Wednesday night. According to forecasters, a storm system will impact Western Washington beginning Tuesday evening and lasting through Thursday. The storm will bring 3 to 6 inches of rain to the Olympic Mountains and 1 to 2.5 inches to the lowlands on the east and north sides of the Olympic Peninsula. Meanwhile, snow levels will be 8000 feet lowering to 6000 feet by the end of the event. The amount of runoff generated from this storm would be plenty enough to drive the Skokomish River above flood stage but remain in minor flood category.

The River is to expected to rise above the 17-foot flood stage Wednesday afternoon, crest near 17.6 feet about 10 PM Wedensday, and start dropping Thursday morning.

Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the Puget Sound basin, effective from 8 AM to 3 PM Friday. Forecasters expected southwest wind 20 to 35 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. Wind this strong can cause local power outages and make driving difficult especially for high profile vehicles.

Flood Warning for Skokomish

A flood warning is now in effect for the Skokomish River. The flood warning is effective until late Friday night. According to forecasters, heavy rain is ending in the Olympic Mountains but the River has risen above the 17-foot flood stage and is expected to crest near 17.6 feet around 4 PM Thursday. The Skokomish will remain near 17.5 feet overnight and fall below flood stage Friday evening.

Minor flooding is occurring in the Skokomish Valley with water flowing into pasture lands and over West Bourgault Road and Skokomish Valley Road.