While not record breaking the first heat wave of the summer has impacted the entire Inland Northwest farming community. Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said the triple digit heat has been challenging for humans as well as livestock. But she said several crops, such as drylands and alfalfa have benefited.
And while temperatures have been anywhere from 5-10 degree above normal over the past couple of days, this heat is nowhere as intense as 2015. Lohmann said she expects temperatures in the coming days to dip to normal, which for this time of year is highs in the upper 80s to low 90s.
“But we’re not expecting a strong cool down, by any means, but then the outlook show that we probably get another round of the very hot temperatures by the end of the month, and so, still in that hot and dry pattern.”
Lohmann says there was hope that the southerly flow would push up monsoon moisture from the Southwest, but she says it doesn’t look like the region will see rain anytime soon.
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