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Enjoy the sun; showers likely this weekend

Sunny weather should hold over the Inland Northwest today and Friday, but showers and clouds are expected to return over the weekend, forecasters said.

High temperatures today in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area should hit the upper 70s, but cooler weather by Sunday will cause high temperatures to fall to near 70 degrees.

Showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday night put out power to about 1,300 Avista customers, who had to wait for three to four hours for repairs to be made.

The storms Wednesday dropped .41 inches of rain at Felts Field near Millwood and .17 inches at Spokane International Airport. In Coeur d’Alene, about a tenth of an inch was measured at the airport.

The unstable air that caused Wednesday’s storms has moved east of the area and is being replaced by a weak high pressure system today.

That should break down by Friday night, opening the door for risks of showers of 20 percent on Saturday and 30 percent on Sunday.

A cooling trend over the weekend is likely to continue through Monday before highs rebound to the upper 70s on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Temperatures today at 7 a.m. were in the low to middle 50s with 52 at the Spokane airport, 56 in Coeur d’Alene, 52 in Sandpoint and 57 in Pullman,

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