Summer heat is expected to intensify over the next week throughout the Northwest and with no rain in sight.
Complicating matters is the onset of monsoon season to the south, something USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says can impact weather patterns in the Northwest.
“On the fringe of the monsoon circulation we tend to see the thunderstorms with the lightning but not much rainfall and that, in some cases, can trigger a rash of new wildfires. So that is a concern across the Northwest over the next several days.”
The Inland Northwest is expected temperatures to reach the upper 90s and even triple-digits beginning on Sunday.