Spokane hits 70 degrees for the first time this year

First 70 5-26-22

SPOKANE, Wash.– For the first time in 2022 Spokane is in the 70s!  The weather station at Spokane International Airport hit 70 briefly at 11:20 a.m. and again at 11:50. Highs in the mid-70s are in the forecast for Thursday afternoon.

May 26th, 2022 is now the latest day in the calendar that Spokane hit its first 70 of the year. This beats the old record by five days. The old record was set over 120 years ago in 1896!

This is the second major weather record to be broken in the last 12 months for the Lilac City. Spokane’s all-time record high temperature was reset to 109 degrees during the deadly heat wave last June.

Thursday is now the warmest day of the year so far in the Spokane region. So far this spring (Mar-Apr-May) is the 15th coldest on record and the coldest since 2011.

The sudden warmth is expected to help spawn strong thunderstorms on Thursday evening in Southeast Washington and North-Central Idaho.

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