The Memorial Day weekend is getting off to a great start today with warm sunny weather expected to continue well into next week.
Forecasters said a weak ridge of high pressure could allow a few clouds into the region, and the central Panhandle mountains of Idaho could see a chance of thunderstorms for the next few days.
But for the most part, the entire Pacific Northwest is going to see fair weather with highs in the 70s through Sunday and lows in the middle 40s.
The current ridge of high pressure that is bringing the nice weather should strengthen starting Monday and into next week.
That means more summer-like temperatures will arrive Monday with highs in the upper 70s, moving to the middle 80s by Wednesday and Thursday.
Warmer weather last weekend combined with a rain storm earlier in the week has caused high water and some flooding along the upper Yakima River near Ellensburg. A log jam was backing up water into a subdivision in that region.
The Spokane River this morning in Spokane was running at 21,800 cubic feet per second, which is about 3,000 cfs higher than normal for the day. That amount of water is producing powerful cascades at Spokane Falls.
Normal high for Spokane today is 68 degrees with a low of 44.
At 7 a.m., temperatures were already mild across the region with 50 at Spokane International Airport, 52 in Coeur d’Alene, 49 at Felts Field, 49 at Deer Park, 50 at Pullman and 50 at Sandpoint.