From 70's to 60's; possible thunderstorms on the way
SPOKANE, Wash. - From the KHQ Weather Authority Center: Tuesday's sunny, warm weather is truly a bonus! Temperatures reached the 70's by noon Tuesday. We may actually warm up more than Monday's record highs. Showers probably won't reach the Idaho border until Tuesday night.
The pacific cold front that moved ashore Monday is not making much forward movement. It has its work cut out for it. The core of hot, dry air (thermal ridge) over Eastern Washington / North Idaho is creating a wall of sorts - evaporating showers as they spread in.
Ample moisture pouring onshore is slowly but surely moistening the atmosphere and pushing the hot air out to the east. As of noon Tuesday, showers are finally reaching the ground along the east slopes of the Cascades (Yakima & Ellensburg). Cooling caused by the rain is in turn creating westerly breezes. The combination of moisture and heat may trigger thunderstorms Tuesday night if it's not too dry.
Wednesday should be cooler, breezy with a few sparse showers for the Spokane area. Points to the south should get .25" of rain with snow levels at about 5,000' (higher mountains).
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