SPOKANE, Wash. — Fire danger is in the forecast for parts of central Washington and much of the Spokane area through Wednesday night.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect through 9 p.m. on Wednesday for the South Central Cascade Valleys  – including Chelan, Wenatchee, Ellensburg and Yakima  – the Spokane area, and the Palouse. 

A Red Flag Warning means critical fire weather conditions are occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds and low relative humidity are contributing to extreme fire behavior.

Any new or existing fires could spread quickly.

A Wind Advisory is also in effect in Wednesday for areas of central Washingtonm including Moses Lake, Wenatchee and Ellensburg. This means gusts of more than 45 mph are expected in those areas from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

Localized gusts could reach speeds as high as 55 mph in those areas and others, according to the National Weather Service. 

Isolated power outages are possible due to fallen tree limbs and loose objects should be secured. 

Drivers on Interstate 90 and Highway 2 should also be prepared for strong winds, according to the National Weather Service. 

By mid-week, a cooler and showery weather pattern is making its way into the Spokane area ahead of the Summer Solstice on June 21.

High temperatures in mid to upper 70s are expected from Wednesday through the weekend. Overnight lows will also cool down to the upper 40s.

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Showers and some thunderstorms are still going to be the case, as expected for late spring and early summer. Thursday seems to be a safe bet for some wet weather, along with both days of the weekend.

The warmest temperatures of the year in Spokane are expected around July and August.

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