Hottest Days Of The Year To Date In The Forecast
By Tom Banse
The weather forecast calls for an abrupt switch from cloudy and showery to a heat wave beginning Friday (beginning Thursday in Idaho). Next week could start with the hottest days of the year so far in many places around the Northwest.
For Spokane, the National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 96 on Sunday and near 99 by Tuesday. For Seattle, the National Weather Service is forecasting a high of around 80 on Monday. For Portland, the National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 88 on Sunday and 91 on Monday.
Weather blogger Steve Pierce in Vancouver, Washington predicts Sunday, Monday and Tuesday will be the hottest days of this heat wave.
Steve Pierce: "We're going to see a very strong ridge of high pressure build from the intermountain and southwest part of the country. It's going to push up into the Pacific Northwest over the weekend. That is going to send temperatures up quite dramatically."
Pierce says the computer models call for a cool off before the Fourth of July holiday. If you're sensitive to heat, Pierce and the National Weather Service agree the Pacific Coast with its ocean breezes may be the best place to escape.
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