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One more hot day for Inland NW

Wed., Aug. 18, 2010, 7:37 a.m.

Another hot day with temperatures in the lower 90s is being forecast by the National Weather Service before temperatures ease back to the lower 80s on Thursday through Saturday.

Tuesday’s high was 93 at Spokane International Airport.

Clouds are likely today from an intense low pressure area that formed off shore and moved across Oregon overnight.

That system is expected to stay south of the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas as it continues to track to the east-northeast.

A red flag warning for thunderstorms, wind and low humidity has been issued for northeast Oregon and the northern Blue Mountains of southeast Washington.

Showers or thunderstorms are possible in southeast Washington and the central Idaho Panhandle.

Temperatures in the lower 90s today in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene will give way to highs in the lower 80s on Thursday through Saturday before another low pressure system moves into the region over the weekend.

Breezy or gusty winds are likely on Thursday as cool Pacific marine air pushes across the Cascades into central and Eastern Washington.

Winds will start near the Cascades today and may be strong in the valleys just east of the Cascades, including the Ellensburg area.

A 20 percent chance of showers is possible on Saturday and Sunday in Spokane with higher chances in the mountains of the region.

Highs in Sunday may reach the upper 70s.

A new warming trend should arrive next week.

At 7 a.m. today, it was 69 at Spokane airport, 62 at Felts Field, 63 in Coeur d’Alene, 55 in Deer Park and 69 in Pullman.

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