A beautiful Labor Day forecast – Matt
SPOKANE, Wash.– Skies are clear and there’s a lot less smoke in the air for many of us on Sunday. The Labor Day holiday is looking good too, with some normal September temperatures and another day of acceptable air quality for many.
A cold front is moving in overnight, but it won’t be bringing rain. Instead, it will be a little breezier than usual during the night and early on Monday morning as cooler air rushes into our region. Temperatures will still be warm to start the day in the upper 50s and low 60s. The afternoon though will be gorgeous with sunshine and highs in the upper 70s and low 80s.
Air quality should remain decent for most areas besides the Camas Prairie or if you’re close to an active wildfire. Winds turning out of the north on Monday evening could bring some haze over Spokane and Coeur d’Alene by sunset.
Temperatures heat up as we head back to work and school. We are back into the 90s on Wednesday, but it’s just the low 90s this time. Blustery winds and the hot weather will leave us with another day of heightened fire danger. The air quality will fluctuate as well day by day as the winds turn and push smoke in and out of the Columbia Basin. Because of the large fires in northeastern Oregon, the L-C Valley and surrounding towns should prepare for periods of unhealthy air quality this week. It won’t take long for any winds out of the south to blow a lot of smoke across the Blue Mountains.
Temperatures cool after Wednesday, but rain is looking hard to find. We had some optimism in the weather office late last week that some rain would show up this Thursday, but that’s looking less and less likely by the day.
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