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Vacation weather rules across region

Wed., July 15, 2009, 7:24 a.m.

Warm, dry weather – perfect for vacation - continues across the Inland Northwest through Saturday, and forecasters this morning said they see no major changes through the middle of next week.

Highs are expected to reach the middle or upper 80s today across Spokane and Coeur d’Alene and then go into the lower 90s on Thursday through Saturday. Some portions of urban Spokane could see highs of 95 on Friday.

A weak weather system moving into Canada on Saturday should drag a week cold front across the Inland Northwest allowing for some cooling on Sunday through Tuesday, although highs should remain at or above the seasonal normal of 83 in Spokane for this time of year.

High pressure along the West Coast combined with an even stronger high pressure system in the Southwest is keeping the skies blue across the region. Some residual moisture from Monday’s rain storms may cause cloudiness across the mountains of northeast Washington and North Idaho, however.

Monday’s low pressure system also drew cool air into the upper levels of the mountains. One forecaster said some snow fell at elevations as low as 6,000 feet on Tuesday. Mullan Pass along Interstate 90 in North Idaho set a record cold maximum temperature on Tuesday of 43 degrees, breaking the record of 44 for the date in 1957. Records at the pass date back to 1938.

At 7 a.m., temperatures were in the upper 50s at most locations, including 59 at Spokane International Airport, 59 at Pullman, 55 in Coeur d’Alene, 59 in Deer Park and 55 in Sandpoint.

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