The rest of this week may feel like summer’s come early to the Tri-Cities.
Highs, which are usually about 64 degrees in early April, could be almost 20 degrees warmer by Thursday.
“Birds are singing and flowers are blooming. We expect that in April. But highs in the low 80s?” said meteorologist Nic Loyd of Washington State University’s AgWeatherNet in Prosser.
The high Thursday could be as warm as 83 both Thursday and Friday in the Tri-Cities, according to the National Weather Service.
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Temperature records could be broken, said Loyd.
Water in rivers and reservoirs still will be cold, according to the weather service. It warns that although the warm weather may make a swim tempting, water temperatures will be about 40 to 50 degrees and could cause hypothermia.
Slight cooling of the weather is expected on the weekend, with temperatures still well above normal.
The high Saturday in the Tri-Cities could be as warm as 80 degrees and the high Sunday could be in the upper 70s.