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North Idaho FINALLY hits 100 degrees

by DEVIN WEEKS
Staff Writer | August 18, 2020 1:00 AM

COEUR d’ALENE — Another century mark bites the dust.

At 3:35 p.m. Monday, Press Climatologist Cliff Harris reported that the mercury at last reached the 100-degree mark when it warmed up to 100.3 degrees in Coeur d'Alene.

"We hit 100 for the first time since Aug. 10, 2018," Harris said. "It was 104 degrees that day."

The all-time high for Aug. 17 is 103. It was set in 1967 and tied in 2008. That was the only afternoon in the summer of '08 that hit more than 100 degrees.

The 2020 North Idaho summer is also on par for a dry spell record. Harris said we are in the driest stretch from July 8 to Aug. 17 since 1913.

"We’ve only had .04 inches of precipitation from July 8," he said. "That's second only to the record in 1913, which was just a trace."

A heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service is in effect until 8 p.m. today.

Unlike last year, when Old Man Winter arrived early to the party and brought snow to North Idaho in September, Harris said he doesn't foresee any measurable snow happening until November.