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Sunshine and near 80 all week long

Above average temperatures and dry weather stick around all week!

SPOKANE, Wash. — By October, we're usually well into the transition into more fall-like weather.  Back in 2019, we saw our first snow before September ended.  The start to October will feel more like an extension of summer, with sunshine and well-above average highs in the upper 70s and even low 80s!

The upper level ridge in the jet stream over the western state is pushing temperatures to 15 degrees above average and will keep us dry. That will result in temps in the upper 70s and some 80s for central Washington today. And that ridge stays on top of us through the week and upcoming weekend! Low 80s are possible in Spokane on a few days.

The one downside to having this ridge over us for an extended period will be air quality.  With little change in our airmass, folks living in the vicinity of still active wildfires will see unhealthy air quality.  This includes much of the Northern Cascades, Methow Valley, and Wenatchee area.  The Spokane and Coeur d'Alene area will likely see air quality drop into the "moderate" category, not simply due to any wildfire smoke, but just general particulate matter and ozone build up.

While it's very warm, it's shy of record highs. Monday's record is 83°, Tuesday is 87°. Records are around the mid 80s for Spokane this week.

The long term outlook remains well above average through about Oct. 14. Temperatures will ease back into the 70s and 60s next week, but no significant changes, sharp cool downs, or sudden frosts expected.

Enjoy!

-KREM 2 Meteorologists Michelle Boss & Thomas Patrick

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About the KREM 2 Weather Team

  • Jeremy LaGoo is the KREM 2 Chief Meteorologist, He joined KREM in October of 2020. You can watch Jeremy weeknights on KREM 2 News at 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, 10:00. and 11:00 p.m.
  • Thomas Patrick is the Up with KREM meteorologist from 5:00 to 9:00 am and noon. Thomas joined KREM in January 2019. Thomas is an AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist since 2015. He also serves as a KREM 2 weather and science reporter.
  • Michelle Boss joined the KREM 2 StormTracker team in 1999 and can be seen on the weekend evening forecast. She previously worked as a meteorologist at WEHT in Evansville, IN, and WOWT in Omaha, NE.

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