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This summer’s average was the hottest on record for most of the Inland Northwest, with most communities seeing temperatures a few degrees higher than average.

The climate normal for a summer in the Spokane area is 67.8 degrees. The average temperature in Spokane this summer, a combination of both overnight lows and daytime highs, was 73.1, several degrees above the 30-year-average and beating the county’s 2015 record.

Spokane Sets Average Heat Record

Jul 29, 2021
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Weather forecasters say Inland Northwest temperatures will be back in triple digits as we head into the weekend.

From June 1-July 26, Spokane recorded its highest-ever average temperature, 73.7 degrees.

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Temperatures in the Inland Northwest are still hotter than normal, and this week the region will also be more prone to fire danger and smoky air due to drought and wind.

Several INW Cities Recorded Record High Temps Last Week

Jul 7, 2021
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The National Weather Service has confirmed that many Inland Northwest cities and towns tied or broke all-time high temperature records week. The agency issued what it calls a “record event report” Tuesday evening.

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This week’s scorching heat has surpassed high temps across the Northwest. Headlines, newscasts and Twitter feeds the past week were full of daily pronouncements about new records being set and, in some cases, “shattered.”

But right now, those all-time heat records are preliminary.

Spokane Chases Another Hot Weather Record

Jun 30, 2021
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Spokane continues to be in record-chasing mode during this heat wave.

The city set a new all-time high temperature record on Tuesday with 109 degrees.

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The unusually hot temperatures in the Northwest are also bringing the possibility of more wildfires.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the Columbia Basin, where a sagebrush and grass fire is burning near the Adams County town of Lind.

Several Northwest Cities Set Record High Temperatures

Jun 27, 2021
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Several Northwest cities set record high temperatures on Sunday. Those include Spokane, whose 102 degrees tied the record.

Omak and Ephrata set records with 109 degree temperatures. It was the third consecutive day for a record in Ephrata.

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Weather forecasters have warned for days of extremely hot weather headed our way this weekend. Steve Bodner from the National Weather Service said those toasty temperatures will stick around for several longer, threatening Spokane’s record for consecutive days in triple digits.

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The intense heat we’ll experience during the next several days may elevate the risk of wildfires, but forecasters don’t expect winds to be much of a factor in pushing smoke around the region.

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Health and fire officials are expecting the region next week to experience both a heat wave and, potentially, smoke from wildfires – a dangerous combination that could cause a spike in both heat stroke and respiratory illnesses.

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The wildfire season is off to an early start in the Inland Northwest. Over the weekend, local fire agencies responded to several small grass and timber fires.

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National Weather Service forecasts over the weekend indicated we might see winds early in the week that would move some of the thick wildfire smoke out of the region.

 

But the newest computer modeling indicates the weak low pressure coming in late Monday and early Tuesday won't have much of an impact on the smoke.

Small Funnel Cloud Spotted Near Pullman

May 18, 2020
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The National Weather Service in Spokane says weather watchers spotted a funnel cloud near the Pullman-Moscow area this afternoon.

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A summer thunderstorm is expected to roll through the region tonight and tomorrow morning, though not a storm of the intensity that lit up the area last week.

National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Carter says storms moving north from central Oregon should enter eastern Washington around midnight, bringing some lightning.