Hot and dry again today

Hot, dry weather is expected across the Inland Northwest again today before a cool down starts on Wednesday and continues into the weekend, forecasters said.

Highs should reach 94 in downtown Spokane, 92 in Spokane Valley and 93 in Coeur d’Alene.

A strong system of higher air pressure remains under control of the region’s weather through today and most of Wednesday. Highs Wednesday should reach the upper 80s to lower 90s. Lows will be near 60 overnight.

Then, a series of weak low pressure areas moves into the region. They will bring cooler temperatures and a small chance of showers over the weekend.

Smoke from fires in central British Columbia and elsewhere invaded parts of Washington on Monday, but the smoky haze remained mostly in the upper atmosphere over the Inland Northwest Monday and this morning.

A light haze was visible this morning, apparently smoke from the fires.

Monday’s high was 91 at Spokane International Airport, which was 8 degrees above normal.

At 7 a.m., it was 63 at the airport, 59 at Felts Field, 57 in Coeur d’Alene, 53 in Deer Park and 64 in Pullman.

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