The National Weather Service issued a fire weather watch in the Cascade foothills as thunderstorms prepare to move through the area this weekend.
The watch is in effect through Saturday night because the threat of fire is greatly increased due to predicted lightning, 10-15 mph winds and how dry the grass in the area is as the region’s dry stretch continues.
Although storms are expected to hit the foothills, no rain is forecast for Tacoma, where it will remain cloudy with cooler temperatures through next week.
Today’s high is 63 with 5-9 mph winds and drizzle before 11 a.m. Temperatures will rise slightly into the mid-60s on Sunday.