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It's getting hot, hot, hot! Here are some ways to keep cool during Spokane's heat wave

It’s important to keep cool during these high temperatures. Here’s a list of things to do to help you beat the heat!

SPOKANE, Wash. — Record breaking heat is expected through the weekend across the Inland Northwest.

Much of the region will stay in the 90s all week long with the real heat arriving this weekend. Temperatures in the Inland Northwest will climb into the triple digits for the first time in 2021. Spokane will see daytime highs in the 100s with overnight lows near 70 degrees.

Spokane’s all-time record high for June is 105 degrees, set back on June 28, 2015. The current forecast high for this Sunday is 105 degrees.

It’s important to keep cool during these high temperatures. Here’s a list of things to do to help you beat the heat!


One of the best parts about the Inland Northwest in the summer is all the waterways to cool down in. The Spokane River is free to enjoy and there are lots of ways to do so.

You can kayak or raft on the rougher parts of the river, or relax and enjoy the scenery while floating in an inner tube. If you don’t have the equipment, there are a few places like Fun Unlimited who rent equipment out on the river.


Another option for keeping cool is to swim and recreate around our area lakes. Liberty Lake and Lake Coeur d’Alene have area beaches that allow easy access to the water, plus hiking trails nearby to explore before going for a dip.


Sometimes keeping an eye on the little ones is the primary concern, while still trying to beat the heat. Splash pads are a great way to do both. Only a few splash pads are currently open but more are expected to open soon. You can find splash pads at each of these parks:

  • Audubon Park
    3405 N. Milton Ave. (W. Northwest Blvd. & N. Audubon)
  • Carson Park
    5701 N. Assembly
  • Chief Garry Park
    2515 E. Sinto Ave. (Mission Ave. & Cook St.)
  • Coeur d'Alene Park
    2195 W. 2nd Ave. (W. 4th Ave. & S. Chestnut)
  • Franklin Park
    302 W. Queen Ave. (Queen Ave. & Division St.)
  • Friendship Park
    631 E. Greta (Greta Ave. & Standard St.)
  • Glass Park
    627 E. Heroy Ave. (Heroy Ave. & Cincinnati St.)
  • Grandview Park
    17th Ave. & “D” St.
  • Manito Park
    Upper Manito (E 25th & S Tekoa Ave)
  • Pacific Park
    5211 W. Lowell Ave.
  • Thornton Murphy Park
    3105 E. 27th Ave.
  • Riverfront Park: Ice Age Floods Playground
    832 N Howard St
  • Riverfront Park: Rotary Fountain
    507 N Howard St
  • Shadle Park
    Longfellow & Elm
  • Underhill Park
    2910 E. Hartson Ave.
  • Mission Park
    1208 E. Mission
  • Nevada Park
    3933 E. Courtland St.
  • Grant Park
    1100 E. 9th Ave. (11th Ave. & Arthur)
  • Sharpley-Harmon Park
    6018 N. Regal St. (Bismark & Market
  • McEuen Park
  • 420 E. Front St., Coeur d’Alene, ID


All City of Spokane pools opened on June 21 for lap swimming, swim lessons and swim teams. Open swim season for everyone begins July 5. Due to COVID-19, Spokane Parks & Recreation aquatic centers are operating with new safety restrictions. To promote distancing and manage occupancy, advanced reservations are now required under state guidelines. Reservations will be available on Mondays for the following week. For more information head to the Spokane Parks and Recreation website.  


Last but not least is Silverwood’s Boulder Beach Water Park. Float the lazy river, get carried away by one of the two wave pools or ride any of the five medium to high intensity water attractions. The water park is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

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