Cooler temps headed to Inland Northwest - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Cooler temps headed to Inland Northwest

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's another beautiful summer day around the Inland Northwest. A nice wind is working to take the edge off the 90 degree heat and clear the smokey air. Air quality is still moderate but should be back to 'good' by Wednesday.

A high, thin overcast has spread in and much bigger changes are expected by the end of the week.

Storms to the north and south are putting the squeeze on our hot & dry high pressure ridge. The 20 mile per hour gusts are refreshing but Mother Nature is about to do us one better as far as the free AC.

Our weather pattern will become much cooler and stormy through the weekend as clouds are spreading south from Canada. The thunder and lightning should stay to the north.


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Our main weather maker will be a Pacific Low that's been spinning off the California Coast for about a week.

Tuesday is the last day the long standing Heat Advisory for the  Lower Columbia Basin will be needed. Beginning Wednesday, highs will fall short of 100 degrees.

The most likely days for thunderstorms reaching across Eastern Washington and North Idaho are Thursday and Friday. The bulk of the storms will stick to the mountains and the threat will continue through the weekend. The coolest day should be Friday as afternoon highs drop to the 70s and low 80s. Highs will stay below the average of 84 degrees through Monday.

  • Tuesday night - Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s. 
    South wind 5 to 10 mph
  • Wednesday - Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and 
    thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s to lower 
    90s. East wind 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to the south 
    in the afternoon
  • Wednesday night - Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of 
    showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s. 
    Light wind
  • Thursday - Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and 
    thunderstorms in the morning, then a chance of showers and 
    thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the 80s. Northeast wind 
    5 to 10 mph
  • Thursday night through Friday night - Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of   showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the 50s. Highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s
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