The weekend is expected to break temperature records, according to the National Weather Service

Spokane residents should expect the recent extraordinary heat rush to continue through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Jeremy Wolf, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said residents should “watch a continuation of near triple-digit temperatures through the weekend for the Spokane area.”

Friday and weekend temperatures are expected to be near the hottest on record for the day. “We expect to tie that record today (July 28) and Saturday,” Wolf said, “we should break the record on Friday and not hit it on Sunday.”

Spokane’s all-time high hit 109 degrees in June 2021.

Wolf says highs are expected to stay at 102 degrees through the weekend and into Friday, with Sunday falling just short of breaking the record 103 degrees.

The temperatures that Wolf measures and forecasts come from Spokane International Airport. For this reason, location and altitude can have a slight effect on the actual temperatures citizens see. “Temperatures will only be a few degrees warmer when you get to the lower elevations of Spokane,” Wolf said. “So in the city center we could see temperatures as hot as 103 to 104.”

For Idaho residents, the highest temperatures should be a little cooler, but not significantly. “We’re looking at temperatures around 100 degrees for Coeur D’Alene every day,” Wolf said.

There may be many Spokanites who say to themselves, “These high temperatures are not normal for this area,” and that assumption is correct. “Normal temperatures are around 86 degrees for daytime highs, so we’re about 15 degrees above normal,” Wolf said.

In short: it’s going to be hot, super hot.

Those looking for refuge from the heat during the evenings may be disappointed. Even though temperatures are much less extreme at night, they should still be in the 60s to 70s in the evening. Wolf says these elevated nighttime temperatures are common when highs reach this level during the day. “When it hits triple digits in the afternoon, it’s hard to really cool down significantly at night because the nights are still relatively short.” said Wolf.

As daytime temperature records are set to be broken, Wolf says the nighttime temperature is “a few degrees too cool at night to break this record.”

For those who have no choice but to be outdoors, Wolf says it’s essential “to wear light-colored clothing and stay hydrated, drink plenty of water and try to avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

While this extreme heat may be borderline unbearable, Spokane and northern Idaho won’t face the ultimate scorching heat for the region, with temperatures in the Tri-Cities expected to reach highs of 110 degrees each day and Lewiston should reach 108 degrees.