The hottest stretch of summer is right around the corner, just as students head back to classrooms.
The National Weather Service forecast for Spokane calls for steadily increasing temperatures over the next week: 74 degrees today, 79 Saturday, 85 Sunday and 89 on Monday, the Labor Day holiday.
Then it will get hot: 91 Tuesday, 94 Wednesday and 95 on Thursday, the agency predicts, with no rain in sight.
The march up the thermometer will be nearly identical in Coeur d’Alene.
Some spots in the region are expected to get even hotter. Lewiston will flirt with highs near 100 later next week. Moses Lake and Omak could hit 97 on Thursday.