Dangerous heat grips the Northwest this week

SPOKANE, Wash.– Monday will be the hottest day in the Inland Northwest so far this year. It’s also the coolest day out of the next six days in the forecast.

That should underscore how much of a rapid change this heat wave will be this week. Monday and Tuesday will hit the middle and upper 90s in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. Further west in the Columbia Basin a long stretch of 100s will begin and won’t have a shot of easing up until next weekend.

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The heat peaks Wednesday through Friday with the hottest day likely Thursday. Spokane is looking at three straight 100-degree days to end the workweek. Low temperatures will rise to the 70s during this period which won’t be very relieving if you don’t have air conditioning. An Excessive Heat Warning is now in place for the lower Columbia Basin Tuesday through Friday while the rest of the region remains in an Excessive Heat Watch.

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Now is the time to make plans for how you’re going to stay cool. This will still be a shock on our bodies after a cool spring and moderate summer up until now. Even though this heat will not be at the same level as last June, it is still dangerous if not taken seriously.

Some minor cooling is likely next weekend, but it will still be hot and dry. Fire danger heading into August will be much higher than it is right now.

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