While spring still has 20 or so days left, it appears summer has arrived for the foreseeable future.
Unseasonably hot temperatures are expected to continue all week in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene with highs hovering at or above 80 degrees and lows in the low 50s, according to the National Weather Service.
Meteorologist Paul Bos said a low pressure system off the California coast has kept a ridge of high pressure centered over the region, which explains the high temperatures that are at least 10 degrees higher than the normal high of 71 for Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.
“We are going to have that ridge over us for a good part of the week. This pattern should last through Sunday. Our warmest day looks like Thursday,” he said.
The forecast calls for highs of 85 in Spokane and 86 in the Lake City on Thursday.
Today, the high should reach 81 in Spokane and a more manageable 79 in Coeur d’Alene.
Gusting wind should persist this morning with gusts as high as 22 mph.
“The winds will be higher for Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint, but not a huge deal for Spokane,” Bos said.