Record Heat and Critical Fire Weather Conditions to Persist


LEWISTON, ID—Another day of record heat occurred across the Inland Northwest today. In addition, a push of westerly winds into central Washington will lead to critical fire weather conditions through late tonight.

The National Weather Service in Spokane says above-normal temperatures will continue through at least mid-next week.

“The warm temperatures will result in moderate to major heat risk continuing even with the cooler temperatures starting on Thursday,” the agency says.

  • This week, there are hot temperatures, with an increased potential for heat-related illnesses for all, especially those without effective cooling or adequate hydration.
  • Wednesday: Potential for critical fire weather conditions due to a combination of gusty winds, low humidity, and hot temperatures.
  • Breezy winds at times and continued dry conditions will keep fire weather elevated throughout the week.
  • Active fires will also result in additional smoke, particularly near the Cascade Mountains. At times this week, westerly winds will push smoke across eastern Washington into the Idaho Panhandle.

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