September 30, 2011 in City, Idaho

High may reach 80 for the last time this year

By The Spokesman-Review
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High temperatures in the lower 80s for Spokane and Coeur d’Alene could be the last time the thermometer breaks the 80-degree mark this year.

The warm-weather season is winding down, and a series of storm disturbances is expected to overtake the region after today.

Spokane is expected to see a high of 81 and Coeur d’Alene may make it to 82 under mostly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service.

Higher air pressure over the region today will slowly slide to the east as a series of Pacific storms begins moving eastward.

The first of the storms is a weak disturbance that should bring mainly clouds, but also a slight chance of showers on Saturday when the high slips to the middle 70s under mostly cloudy skies.

Sunday and Monday should see more sun, but the high will be closer to normal for this time of year in the upper 60s.

The real change begins Monday night and Tuesday when the first of a group of storms brings the threat of rain and temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s into the middle of next week.

One weather computer model shows that the greatest chance of rain arrives on Tuesday night into the early hours on Wednesday.

Warm temperatures in the 80-degree range are not forseen next week.

At 7 a.m., it was 50 at Spokane International Airport and 46 in Coeur d’Alene and at Felts Field.

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