Drought conditions have spread in Washington, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday, with one-third of the state suffering “severe drought” and forecasts predicting that a hot, early summer will follow the extraordinary dry spring.

Drought covered 68% of the state, up from 53% the week before. The percentage of the state in a “severe drought” increased to 33% from 24%.

Portions of Benton, Columbia, Klickitat, Walla Walla and Yakima counties, making up 4% of the state, were in “extreme drought,” the second worst of four drought categories.

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