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Forecasters saying Fourth weekend to be largely dry

Thu., July 1, 2010, 1:45 p.m.

The weatherman is giving much of the Inland Northwest a reprieve from the rain over the three-day July Fourth holiday.

Forecasters are calling for mostly sunny skies on Saturday and Sunday in the Spokane area, although areas closer to the mountains, including Coeur d’Alene, will see a 20 percent chance of daytime showers on Saturday and Sunday.

Highs will start out below normal in the lower 70s on Saturday, and then warm a few degrees each day to the middle and upper 70s by Monday.

But before the nicer weather arrives, the region is going to see a strong chance of showers tonight and Friday. There is a 60 percent chance of rain showers in Spokane and a 70 percent chance in Coeur d’Alene on Friday with highs in the middle 60s.

A serious warm up arrives starting Tuesday when highs will go into the lower 80s. Wednesday should get to the upper 80s and Thursday may reach the lower 90s as a strong area of higher air pressure builds in from the desert Southwest.

Wednesday’s high was 67 at Spokane International Airport. The normal high for Friday is 79.

The month of June ended with 2.56 inches of precipitation, which was more than double the average for the month. Also, the average temperature was 2.5 degrees below normal.

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