July 9, 2010 in City

Sunshine sheds shyness

Highs in the 80s, 90s will be the norm for a while
By The Spokesman-Review
Dan Pelle photo

An adult osprey shrieks at a passer-by from its nest at the corner of College Avenue and Summit Boulevard on Thursday. Avista Utilities installed the nesting boxes three years ago as part of the Kendall Yards project.
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The heat is on, finally.

No more sweatshirts or blankets necessary, at least not for a while, weather experts said.

Today’s high temperature in Spokane is forecast for 92 or higher. It’s expected to be the hottest day so far this year.

Highs in the upper 80s or low 90s should continue through the weekend and into early next week throughout the Inland Northwest, according to the National Weather Service. The lows will be in the upper 50s to low 60s.

“It’s nice to have some summer,” said Sean LeClaire, 25, as he headed to his downtown Spokane home Thursday. After teaching art class inside all day, he was glad to be outside.

Linda Walsh, who was waiting for a ride after work, said she likes the sunshine, but “it just got too hot too fast.”

No records were broken for high temperature Thursday, and it is unlikely today, weather officials said. The record for this date is 100, which was first set in 1975 and again in 1985.

Starting Tuesday, temperatures will be closer to normal for this time of year, which is 81, said Jeffrey Cote, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

“After July 4th is usually when we get into the warmer weather,” Cote noted. “That’s typically when there’s a warmer weather pattern.”

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