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Inland NW to get taste of coastal heat

Thu., July 30, 2009, 7:23 a.m.

The Inland Northwest isn’t going to miss out entirely on the wave of hot weather beating down on western Washington and Oregon.

Today’s highs should edge back to upper 80s and lower 90s over much of the urban areas of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene before kicking it up a notch or two through the weekend.

Highs could reach the middle and upper 90s starting on Saturday with continuing hot weather through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Seattle set a record of 103 degrees on Wednesday.

The forecast today calls for highs of 88 in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls, 90 in Spokane Valley, 91 in downtown Spokane and 89 at Spokane International Airport.

Some clouds and possible thunderstorms could appear on Friday and at other times over the next several days from a series of relatively weak low pressure systems that are expected to encroach on the strong high pressure system anchored along the west coast of the U.S. and Canada. A small chance of thunderstorms or precipitation is possible through the weekend, forecasters said.

Highs could reach 97 in downtown Spokane and other portions of the urban area on Saturday through Monday. The heat should subside next Wednesday, according to today’s forecast.

At 7 a.m., temperatures were 67 at the Spokane airport, 57 in Sandpoint, 64 in Coeur d’Alene and Pullman and 63 in Deer Park.

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