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A couple records fall, but June weather on par

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2009, 11:39 A.M.

High pressure means the heat is on this week

June’s weather seemed wacky with extreme temperatures as well as mighty thunderstorms, heavy rain and even hail.

But weather officials say that after calculations, the month’s averages were pretty much normal, despite a couple broken rainfall and temperature records.

On June 19, Spokane International Airport had .55 of an inch of rain, said Ellie Kelch, a National Weather Service meteorologist, breaking the previous record for that date of .44 set in 1916.

For the month, 1.18 inches of rain fell in Spokane, Kelch said. “That is exactly normal for June.”

A high of 55 broke the record for the coldest June 21 in the city since record-keeping began in 1881, officials said. The previous record for that date was 56 degrees in 1984.

“We had a mix of warm and cool days for the month of June,” Kelch said. The highest high temperature was 88 on June 4; the lowest low was 41 just five days later. Overall, “we ended up 1.6 degrees warmer than normal.”

The .30 of an inch of hail that fell on June 19 added to the record snowfall in Spokane, making the total 98.0 inches, Kelch said. The previous record of 93.5 inches was set in 1949-1950.

The overall outlook for July is normal temperatures and below normal precipitation, said meteorologist Ron Miller.

The normal rainfall is three-quarters of an inch for the month, Miller said. The average high temperature starts at 79 for the beginning of the month and ends at 85.

Through the holiday weekend, expect above normal temperatures with below normal precipitation, Miller said.

A high pressure system moving through the area will keep the clouds in hiding.

Today’s high is expected to be 86 in Spokane and 87 in Coeur d’Alene, according to the National Weather Service. The lows will be in the mid-50s.

Temperatures will keep rising throughout the holiday weekend, with highs expected in the lower 90s for Independence Day.

A slight chance of thundershowers are in the forecast for late Sunday into Monday.

The following week is forecast to have high temperatures in the low 80s and lows in the 50s, but there’s a slight chance of showers.

The cooler temperatures mean the potential for showers exists, so “I wouldn’t count it out at this point,” Miller said.

Temperatures could start to rise again on July 10 or 11.

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