Red Flag warning issued for most of Eastern Washington Monday

<p><p>A red flag warning was issued for nearly all of Eastern Washington Monday by the National Weather Service. </p></p><p><p>A warm weekend in Spokane dried out the surrounding area “if it could get any drier,” said meteorologist Todd Carter. A cool breezy weather pattern is headed for Eastern Washington. The transition from warm to cool and breezy brings perfect conditions for rapid fire spread, Carter said.</p></p><p><p>The red flag warning will start at noon and lift at 9 p.m.</p></p><p><p>The worst fire conditions are expected in the afternoon when the temperature peaks , Carter said. Later in the evening as humidity levels rise, those grasses and brush will not be as “receptive” to burning, Carter said. </p></p><p><p>Gusts between 20 and 30 mph should be expected throughout the afternoon. </p></p><p><p>The cold front will bring an approximately 10-degree temperature drop from a high in the low 80s Monday to a high in the low 70s Tuesday. </p></p><p><p>Through the middle of the week temperatures will begin to warm again landing back at about 80 degrees by Friday. </p></p><p><p>“It looks like a mostly sunny weekend,” Carter said. </p></p><p><p>Some wildfire smoke may come into the area but Carter said it’s unclear yet what effect that might have on air quality. </p></p>