Another warm summer day continues a string of choice August days with temperatures just above 80 across the region today.
Hot weather is expected on Thursday with highs pushing into the middle 90s in some places.
National Weather Service forecasters said the heat from the sun should be held in check by a dry cold front passing through the region today.
A Pacific low pressure system is moving through British Columbia today and dragging the tail of the cold front across Washington and North Idaho. Winds could be gusty along the eastern slopes of the Cascades as cooler marine air pushes inland in the wake of the front, forecasters said. Calm conditions are expected by this evening.
Warmer weather is forecast for Wednesday through Friday with highs going into the lower to middle 90s by Thursday. Downtown Spokane could go as high as 95 on Thursday. Lows at night should stay in the middle to upper 50s.
The normal high for today in Spokane is 81. The high Monday was 81 at Spokane International Airport.
Today’s forecast calls for highs of 82 downtown and in Coeur d’Alene and 81 in Spokane Valley and Post Falls.
Forecasters said computer models that they use to hone their predictions are showing the possibility that moisture from tropical storm Ignacio could get wound up in a small area of low pressure forming over the Inland Northwest on Saturday and Sunday.
However, forecasters have not indicated any strong likelihood of precipitation over the weekend.
At 7 a.m., the temperature at the airport was 57. Elsewhere, it was 56 in Coeur d’Alene, 46 in Sandpoint, 44 in Deer Park and 53 in Pullman.