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Breezes signal start of cooler weather

Mon., June 14, 2010, 7:31 a.m.

Another sunny day is in store for the Inland Northwest, but an increase in winds will signal the arrival of a weather change.

Cooler conditions are expected throughout most of the week after highs the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area rose into the upper 70s and lower 80s on Sunday.

The higher air pressure that brought the warm weekend weather is moving off to the east and being replaced by a low pressure system diving south along the British Columbia coast.

Highs today should reach the middle 70s and wind gusts could be as strong as 24 mph, forecasters said.

Earlier today, forecasters were not giving the system much chance of producing rain, but the latest forecasts peg rainfall chances at 20 percent on Tuesday night, 60 percent on Wednesday and 50 percent Wednesday night.

Forecaster Anthony Cavallucci said he anticipates another good rain.

Tthe system is going to bring a chance of showers into the weekend.

Weather should improve some on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with clouds and mild temperatures near 70, but those readings would be just below the normal high of 73 in Spokane.

Cavallucci said he expects higher air pressure and improving weather next week.

Highs will be in the 60s on Tuesday through Thursday before rebounding to the lower 70s in time for the weekend. Lows will be in the middle 40s.

Sunday’s high at Spokane International Airport was 79, but Felts Field saw 82 degrees and Liberty Lake reached 80.

The Kootenai River at Bonners Ferry was reported at 60.3 feet this morning with flood stage at 64 feet. Lake Pend Oreille was at 2,062 feet above sea level with flood stage at 2,064.

At 7 a.m., it was 54 at the Spokane airport and Pullman, 55 in Coeur d’Alene and Deer Park and 57 in downtown Spokane.


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