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Summer warmth keeps to calendar

Tue., June 21, 2011, 7:49 a.m.

The arrival of summer this morning is being greeted with mild temperatures, but today’s high may fall a few degrees shy of the 80-degree mark.

A two-day warm up is in progress across the Inland Northwest. Today’s high should reach 77 in downtown Spokane and 75 in Coeur d’Alene.

Summer starts at 10:16 a.m. at the solstice.

The summer weather really gets going Wednesday with highs of 87 and 86 in the two cities respectively.

A ridge of high pressure is sending warm air northward, but the heat won’t last.

A cold front is going to pass over the region Wednesday night and Thursday, cooling temperatures back to the lower 70s by Thursday and bringing a chance of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday night and early Thursday.

Windy conditions are likely on Thursday with gusts to 25 mph in Spokane and 20 mph in Coeur d’Alene.

The rest of the week will be mild with highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s through Sunday. Another taste of 80-degree weather is expected on Monday.

This is the latest in the season that Spokane has gone before seeing an 80-degree day. The old mark for latest day of 80 degrees or higher was June 13.

At 7 a.m., it was 55 at Spokane International Airport and Felts Field, 54 in Coeur d’Alene, 53 in Deer Park and 56 in Pullman.

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