A line of showers that developed overnight has dampened the Spokane area this morning, but forecasters said drier weather is likely after the line of clouds moves east.
Light rain was falling at Spokane International Airport at 7 a.m.
Showers are likely to clear up after 11 a.m. Highs today should reach the upper 80s to 90 degrees in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas under mostly cloudy skies.
Currently, the forecast calls for 90 in downtown Spokane, 87 in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane Valley and 88 in Liberty Lake.
A 50 percent chance of showers of thunderstorms is expected in most locations of the Inland Northwest on Saturday with mostly cloudy skies.
A hazardous weather outlook was issued by the National Weather Service for Eastern Washington for lightning, small hail and heavy rain under scattered thunderstorms on Saturday.
The weather begins to clear out on Sunday with partly cloudy skies and highs in the middle 80s.
A moist southerly flow that has been in place for several days is expected to continue over the weekend before a change occurs in the weather pattern on Sunday and Monday.
Computer forecast models are showing the region falling under a drier air mass coming off the British Columbia coast next week under a system of lower air pressure. The low is likely to add some clouds to the skies and dampen the heat.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reported today that a line of storms in that region on Wednesday started several small fires in the Naches Ranger District and triggered a mudslide in the mountains north of Rimrock Lake.
The same storm system on Wednesday ignited more than 20 fires in the forests near Wenatchee.
There were no reports this morning about any fires that had gotten out of control in central Washington.
Highs should run in the upper 80s to about 90 degrees with partly cloudy skies.
Thursday’s high was 89.
At 7 a.m., it was 65 at the Spokane airport, 63 in downtown Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, 61 at Deer Park and 64 in Pullman.