High temperatures in the lower and middle 90s are going to put the sizzle back in summer today and Tuesday.
The National Weather Service is calling for highs of 94 in downtown Spokane, 92 in Spokane Valley and 91 in Coeur d’Alene.
The hot weather should continue on Tuesday before a slow cooling trend starts on Wednesday.
A strong ridge of higher air pressure has become anchored along the West Coast, bringing heat to all locations in the Pacific Northwest.
That ridge is slowly migrating eastward today, increasing pressure readings inland and adding a few degrees to the afternoon highs.
On Sunday, the high was 89, which is 8 degrees warmer than the normal high of 83 in mid-August.
A lower pressure area is expected to move across the region from the south later this week, allowing temperatures to fall back to the upper 80s.
At 7 a.m., it was 65 at the Spokane airport, 59 at Felts Field, 61 in Coeur d’Alene, 63 in Deer Park and 55 in Pullman.