AgWeatherNet Weekly Weather Outlook for May 3 to May 9, 2014

Much Cooler This Weekend; Remaining Unsettled Next Week

Nic Loyd, Meteorologist, 509-786-9357
Gerrit Hoogenboom, Director, 509-786-9371

The recent heat wave will depart the area this weekend just as quickly as it arrived, as we return to a more typical spring pattern of periodic clouds, showers, and breezes. Some western areas such as Vancouver and Seattle could experience high temperatures on Saturday afternoon that are 25 degrees cooler than Thursday. Otherwise, rain should develop in the west on Saturday, before transitioning to showers on Sunday. East of the Cascades, Saturday will be mainly dry and breezy, before a chance of showers and further cooling arrive by Sunday.

Early next week will remain somewhat unsettled, with cool temperatures, breezes, and some scattered showers. There may be a brief break with drier conditions around mid week, before another weather system potentially arrives toward the end of the period. Overnight temperatures may decrease further by the middle of next week, such that a slight chance of frost could return to the coldest areas of eastern Washington on a given clear night. At present, Wednesday morning looks as if it may feature the best chance for isolated frost next week.

Temperatures
  • Becoming much cooler this weekend.
  • Generally near to slightly below average in the day and near to slightly above average at night.
  • Possibly warmer later next week.

Precipitation
  • Rain developing in the west on Saturday, and mainly dry in the east.
  • A chance of showers on Sunday, especially in the west.
  • A chance of showers at times next week.

Wind
  • Breezy at times.

Frost Risk Summary
  • This Weekend: Low.
  • Next Week: Low to moderate in the east.

8 to 14 Day Outlook - May 10 to May 16
  • Overall, near to above average temperatures and near average precipitation are expected during the 8 to 14 day time frame.

Important Points about Next Week's Weather

South Central Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the low 70s and lows in the low to mid 40s.
Weekend
  • Mostly dry and breezy. A slight chance of showers on Saturday night or Sunday.
  • Highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s on Saturday, and mid 60s to low 70s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the mid 40s to mid 50s on Saturday morning, and 40s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • A chance of showers at times.
  • Highs in the 60s to low 70s.
  • Lows in the upper 30s to 40s.

North Central Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the upper 60s to low 70s and lows in the low to mid 40s.
Weekend
  • A chance of showers on Saturday night or Sunday.
  • Highs in the mid 60s to mid 70s on Saturday, and mid to upper 60s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the mid 40s to mid 50s on Saturday morning, and 40s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • A chance of showers at times.
  • Highs in the 60s.
  • Lows in the upper 30s to 40s.

Eastern Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 40s.
Weekend
  • A chance of showers on Sunday.
  • Highs in the 60s to low 70s on Saturday, and low to mid 60s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the mid 40s to low 50s on Saturday morning, and upper 30s to 40s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • A chance of rain or showers at times.
  • Highs in the mid 50s to low 60s.
  • Lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s.

Western Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the mid 60s and lows in the mid 40s.
Weekend
  • A chance of showers on Saturday morning, and then rain developing later in the day.
  • Rain on Saturday night and showers on Sunday.
  • Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s on Saturday, and mid 50s to low 60s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the mid 40s to low 50s on Saturday morning, and 40s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Rain or showers at times.
  • Highs in the mid 50s to low 60s.
  • Lows in the upper 30s to 40s.

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