The Associated Press
The summer dry spell in Washington is likely to continue into the first week of fall.
The National Weather Service says there’s no significant rain in the forecast in the state for the next seven days.
Eastern Washington residents will have to wait longer for the showers needed to douse wildfires that have burned tens of square miles around Wenatchee and Yakima.
Meteorologist Art Gaebel at the National Weather Service office in Seattle says there’s a chance of storms Tuesday in the mountains but they could make things worse if dry lightning starts more wildfires.
The state’s stretch of dry weather started after the Fourth of July. The pattern to wet Northwest weather typically shifts any time from the end of September to mid-November.