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Temperature records expected to topple through the weekend

National Weather Service record temperature graphic
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Some records are out of reach, but others will fall.

Northwest cities will threaten — and break — daily temperature records over the next several days.

Spokane fell seven degrees short of its record of 106 on Wednesday, but Yakima tied its record of 106 and Ellensburg’s 105 eclipsed the previous record by five degrees. In western Washington, Seattle (94), Olympia (97) and Bellingham (90) all set new records on Wednesday.

Most cities did not break records, but temperatures still hit triple digits. Omak peaked at 106. Moses Lake, Wenatchee and Ephrata hit 105. Lewiston topped out at 104. Spokane’s official high was 99 at the airport, though Felts Field touched 100. Pullman’s high was 95.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday look to be the hottest days of this heat wave, with most areas reaching triple digits, except for north Idaho, where temperatures will hover in the high 90s. Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry will see some clouds on Thursday night with a slight possibility of thundershowers carrying over into early Friday.

On Sunday, high temperatures will drop a degree or two. Then the fever will begin to break on Monday, as temperatures begin to slowly lower back into the low to mid 90s. The thermometer will continue to fall on Tuesday and Wednesday, with many cities experiencing temperatures in the 80s.