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Warm week forecast for Washington

SEATTLE — The National Weather Service forecasts above-normal temperatures this week in Western Washington while a chance of thunderstorm lightning mid-week brings the danger of wildfires to Eastern Washington.

Forecasters expect highs in the 80s in Western Washington and mostly 60s and 70s on the coast. Eastern Washington highs are forecast in the 90s.

A dry spell continues. There’s been no rain in Seattle so far this July.

There’s a chance of thunderstorms Tuesday night and Wednesday morning with dry lightning strikes. Combined with dry grass and brush and expected breezy winds, it adds up to an increased risk of wildfires.



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James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.