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Temps expected to soar for holiday weekend

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Get ready for the hottest temperatures so far this season for the Fourth of July.

As promised, the warming is underway. You can plan on high temperatures reaching into the 90s starting Friday. Thunderstorms are trying to spread up from the south but are running into a hot and dry airmass. The highest possibility of lighting will be Sunday and Monday.

High pressure is amplifying and this will send temperatures well above average for the next few days. As a result, fire danger will also skyrocket. As temperatures increase, humidity will decrease. Add to that the possibility of dry lightning, wind and fireworks and the increase in fire danger is clear.

The expansion of the high pressure is shifting winds to the south which is drawing the monsoon moisture and by Friday this subtropical moisture and the thunderstorms it helps to develop will reach central Oregon, the Blue Mountains and Camas prairie.

As the protective ridge breaks down Sunday, temperatures will begin to relax. Afternoon highs should cool back to normal, somewhere in the 70s, by Monday.

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