Strong warming and mainly dry conditions will be the main weather highlights through early next week, as another ridge of high pressure assumes residence over Washington. A lack of robust offshore air flow suggests that the coast should never become excessively warm, although most of the state is expected to observe several days of hot weather.

A degree of marine influence may impact western areas early next week, though any temperature moderation is likely to hold off until at least mid week east of the Cascades. As is often the case, the low temperature trend is forecast to lag that of high temperatures.

Increasingly unsettled conditions are possible later next week, with the potential for breezes and scattered showers or thunderstorms. Thus, it appears that much of the state would be well advised to brace for an extended early season heat wave. Still, relative to the last few years, this upcoming hot spell may seem rather garden variety, or at least tolerable.

Western Washington Weekend:

• Mostly dry.

• Highs in the upper 70s to 80s on Saturday, and 80s to around 90 on Sunday, except cooler at the coast.

•Lows in the upper 40s to mid 50s on Saturday morning, and upper 40s to 50s on Sunday morning.

Next Week:

• Mostly dry. A slight chance of showers, mainly later in the week.

• Highs in the 80s to around 90 on Monday, except cooler at the coast, and then becoming cooler region-wide by mid week.

• Lows in the 50s.

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