June 27, 2014 in City

Sparse sunshine to kick off Hoopfest

Sunshine to be sparse until Sunday, with weekend highs reaching the low 70s
By The Spokesman-Review
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For the second year in a row, Hoopfest could be a shower fest.

National Weather Service forecasters are calling for clouds and a chance of showers today and Saturday.

The forecast is for a 30 percent chance of showers today with a chance of thunderstorms after 11 a.m. Some sunshine should show between the clouds. The high should reach 73.

Breezy southwest winds may start to blow today.

Saturday, there is a 40 percent chance of showers mainly after 11 a.m., with clouds dominating the skies.

The temperature Saturday is expected to start around 59 degrees at 8 a.m. and rise to 72 degrees by 3 p.m. Southwest winds of 14 to 20 mph are predicted, with gusts up to 28 mph.

The weather is expected to settle Sunday, with mostly sunny skies and a high near 72.

In Coeur d’Alene, the Ironman competition faces a slight chance of showers Sunday as a low pressure system moves out of the region. There is a 20 percent chance of showers after 11 a.m. Sunday.

Race day will start about 50 degrees just after dawn, rising to about 70 by later in the afternoon.

Southwest winds of about 8 mph are expected in the morning, increasing to 13 mph about 11 a.m.

Leading up to the race, Coeur d’Alene has a 50 percent chance of showers today and Saturday, with southwest wind gusts up to 21 mph at midday Saturday.

There were showers Saturday morning at last year’s Hoopfest, but skies cleared by Sunday, when the high reached 91.

Temperatures during the event mostly have been in the 70s in recent years.

The last time both days of the competition were hot was June 28 and 29, 2008, when the highs hit 92 on Saturday and a scorching 97 on Sunday.

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