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Breezy winds could raise fire danger tonight

Wed., Aug. 17, 2011, 7:42 a.m.

Sunny skies and highs in the middle 80s are expected today before a weak weather disturbance kicks up breezy winds this evening.

The Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas are likely to see gusts to 23 or 24 mph this evening, but then they should die off after it gets dark.

The high in Spokane should get to 86 while Coeur d’Alene sees 88.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the Columbia Basin and Kittitas County for a combination of warm temperatures, breezy winds and low relative humidity this afternoon through about 8 p.m.

Grass and brush fires could spread quickly under those conditions.

A low pressure area is moving into southern British Columbia today dragging an area of lower air pressure to the south of it. The drop in air pressure will result in winds filling behind it, forecasters said.

The low will also bring a fresh shot of Pacific air, dropping Thursday’s highs to about 80 or 81.

Then, warmer air begins to move over the region gradually through Sunday when the high is expected to reach the upper 80s.

Sunshine is in the forecast through the period.

Highs could go to the lower 90s by Monday. Lows will be in the 50s.

At 7 a.m., it was 53 at Spokane International Airport, 51 at Felts Field, 48 in Coeur d’Alene and 43 in Deer Park.

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