June will start hot as Spokane plans to hit 90 degrees
Spokane will see 90-degree heat on the first day of June, marking an early start for the summer heat in the region.
SPOKANE, Wash. – It won’t take long for June to heat the Spokane area. In fact, the first day of meteorological summer, June 1, is already set to hit the 90s!
It doesn’t appear to be an outlier. Several models and prospects indicate temperatures well above average throughout the interior northwest between June 1 and June 3. The models have Spokane’s high temperature around 90 degrees on June 1 and near the mid-90s on June 2. The Climate Predication Center even goes so far as to describe this prediction as the potential for “excessive heat.”
This is of course compared to the averages for early June. Hitting 90 in Spokane is by no means ‘excessive’ in the summer, but given that the average high temperature is 71 degrees, it would put us in a range of 20-25 degrees above normal.
It will be close to records. Spokane’s record for June 1 is 94 degrees, June 2 is 92 degrees. The models are already as hot at 94 for June 2 which would break the record.
In my experience, it’s the second half of June that the real summer heat hits Spokane. And the data backs me up too. Spokane’s average date of the first 90-degree day of the year is June 19. Last year it took until July 16 to hit 90, one of the last dates on record for the first 90-degree day of the year.
For summer heat enthusiasts, this is great as the heat will be on full display, even on Memorial Day.
But to add context, and some know where this is going, is that the summer season in Spokane is our dry season. About three months of exceptional dry weather tend to go hand in hand with the heat. And spring has already been incredibly dry for the region. Thus, an early start to summer does not bode well for drought conditions and by association, the forest fire season ahead.