The first weekend of summer is going to live up to its timing weatherwise.
Plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures are in the forecast.
Thursday and Friday will see highs in the upper 70s with lighter winds replacing the gusty conditions that arrived on Tuesday.
A ridge of higher air pressure is building offshore to the southwest and will begin to overtake the Inland Northwest by Saturday.
Hoopfest should start out with temperatures in the lower 70s at mid-morning on Saturday, rising to around 80 degrees by 5 p.m.
Low humidity should help players and spectators feel comfortable even in the sunshine.
Temperatures will increase by roughly five degrees on Sunday, reaching 75 by 11 a.m. and 80 before 5 p.m.
Again, dry air will make the warmth more comfortable.
The hot weather holds off until Monday, when highs may reach the lower 90s in Spokane.
But a true heat wave is not expected even then. Forecasters said another weak cold front will likely turn down the temperatures next week.
Across the region, temperatures and wind conditions will vary by location.
Lake Roosevelt should see highs near 80 on Thursday and Friday, going to the middle 80s on Saturday and the upper 80s on Sunday.
West winds of up to 10 mph are possible at the big lake behind Grand Coulee Dam.
On Lake Coeur d’Alene, highs will be in the 70s before reaching 80 on Sunday. Light winds are likely.
In the Columbia Basin, temperatures will be become hot, going from the middle 80s by Friday, 88 on Saturday and 93 on Sunday.
In the mountains of North Idaho at an elevation of just under 4,000 feet, highs should be in the middle 60s through Friday moving to the low 70s on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a slight chance of showers on Friday.
The normal temperatures in Spokane this week are 75 for a high and 51 for a low.
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