Coming on the heels of two days of heat, lightning and an increased chance of fire are expected this weekend across Western Washington.
Scattered thunderstorms were forecast through tonight, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a fire watch that extends through Sunday morning.
Forecasters said lightning could spark more wildfires because of dry grass after 29 days without rain.
Firefighters were struggling to contain the Taylor Bridge Fire, which has scorched 35 square miles near Cle Elum and was about one-third contained Friday. In Pierce County, several small brush fires kept fire agencies busy as temperatures rose into the 90s and the humidity level dropped.
Friday wasn’t as hot as predicted – the high was 92 at Sea-Tac Airport. That was two degrees lower than initially forecast and two degrees lower than Thursday’s high of 94.
An excessive heat warning was canceled midday Friday when temperatures stopped rising. It was downgraded to a heat advisory, which expired Friday night.
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