. After a rather cool start to the week, temperatures will warm to slightly above normal the rest of this week across the Columbia Basin. The upper level low that brought the unseasonably cool air is moving east. You can plan on a southwest flow to develop over the area this week which will bring the warmer air back to the region. The higher temperatures will help summer crops continue developing and winter grains to continue ripening and more combines to start rolling. The dryness though will stress pastures, which for the most part has seen less than half the normal amount of rainfall the last 30 days. The dry weather has been good for hay drying and cherry picking though. Crop water use for the next 7 days should total near normal for early to mid July. Tall alfalfa, spring grains, potatoes, peaches, and apples will need between an inch and ¾ and 2 inches. Lawns and melons will use around an inch and a half. Hay balers and wheat harvesters can expect humidity to be rather low today in the 20 to 25 percent range, but should be a little highr in the 25 to 35 percent range Wednesday through Saturday. If you need to spray, you can expect winds to be mainly under 10 mph, except a little stronger in the Kittitas valley. July is normally our warmest month, but looking out for the next 2 to 3 weeks, there does not appear to be extreme heat episodes forming.