AgWeatherNet Weekly Weather Outlook for May 17 to May 23, 2014

Cooler and Unsettled This Weekend; Warming Again Next Week

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

Much cooler weather will arrive this weekend, as unsettled conditions return to the Northwest. Not unlike two weeks ago, temperatures in many western areas that were around 90 degrees as recently as Wednesday will only reach into the 60s or even 50s on Saturday. An increase in clouds and winds are expected, as temperatures drop closer to normal values. Showers will be possible in most areas, with Sunday being the more active weekend day. Still, prolonged rainfall is unlikely anywhere, since showers will remain isolated to scattered in nature. Afternoon highs should be significantly cooler than in recent days, while a more modest cooling of low temperatures is expected.

As the upper low departs the region, calmer and drier conditions should begin to develop next week. Potentially strong warming is expected later next week, especially in eastern areas. Overall, the late spring temperature pendulum will continue to swing back and forth during the upcoming outlook period.

Temperatures
  • Cooling through Sunday or Monday.
  • Becoming warmer next week.

Precipitation
  • A chance of showers this weekend, especially on Sunday.
  • A chance of showers early, and then mainly dry by mid week.

Wind
  • Breezy this weekend.
  • Breezy at times next week.

Frost Risk Summary
  • This Weekend: Low.
  • Next Week: Low.

8 to 14 Day Outlook - May 24 to May 30
  • Overall, above average temperatures and below 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 mid 70s and lows in the mid to upper 40s.
Weekend
  • Mostly dry and breezy. A slight chance of showers, especially on Sunday.
  • Highs in the 70s to low 80s on Saturday, and upper 60s to 70s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the mid 40s to 50s on Saturday morning, and 40s to mid 50s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Mostly dry.
  • Highs in the upper 60s to 70s early, and then 80s.
  • Lows in the 40s early, and warming into the upper 40s to 50s by mid to late week.

North Central Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the low to mid 70s and lows in the mid to upper 40s.
Weekend
  • A slight chance of showers, especially on Sunday.
  • Highs in the 70s on Saturday, and upper 60s to mid 70s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the mid 40s to 50s on Saturday morning, and 40s to mid 50s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Mostly dry. A slight chance of showers early in the week.
  • Highs in the mid 60s to 70s early, and then upper 70s to 80s.
  • Lows in the 40s early, and warming into the upper 40s to 50s by mid to late week.

Eastern Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the upper 60s and lows in the low to mid 40s.
Weekend
  • A chance of showers, especially on Sunday.
  • Highs in the mid 60s to low 70s on Saturday, and 60s on Sunday.
  • Lows in the mid 40s to mid 50s on Saturday morning, and 40s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Mostly dry. A slight chance of showers early in the week.
  • Highs in the 60s to around 70 early, and then mid to upper 70s.
  • Lows in the upper 30s to 40s early, and warming into the mid 40s to mid 50s by mid to late week.

Western Washington
  • Normal conditions for this time of the year would be highs in the mid to upper 60s and lows in the mid to upper 40s.
Weekend
  • A chance of showers.
  • Highs in the upper 50s to 60s.
  • Lows in the upper 40s to mid 50s on Saturday morning, and mid 40s to mid 50s on Sunday morning.
Next Week
  • Mostly dry. A slight chance of showers early in the week.
  • Highs in the 60s to around 70 early, and then 70s to low 80s, except possibly cooler at the coast.
  • Lows in the mid 40s to low 50s early, and warming into the upper 40s to 50s by mid to late week.

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