Scorching Temperatures Across Idaho Could Shatter Records

Aug 10, 2018

Temperatures across much of Idaho are soaring as a high pressure system is parked over the Great Basin.
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Temperatures across Idaho are soaring as a heat wave grips the Gem State. Records have fallen and more could go by the wayside.

Just how hot is it? Alex DeSmit at the National Weather Service in Pocatello has this eye-opening figure about Thursday’s temperatures.

“We did have one record high, all the way up in Stanley,” DeSmit says. “Around 6,500 ft. or so it was 93 degrees.”

According to DeSmit, it’s open season on heat records throughout the region covered by his branch of the Weather Service. Challis, Pocatello, Burley and Stanley could all see old records shatter. The hottest temperature on record for August 10 in Stanley is 92 degrees. The forecast is projecting a high of 95 for August 11.

That’s downright balmy compared with the 107 Boise is expecting.

“We’re pushing near records for the date, but what it is – it’s when we have high pressure aloft which is what we have now. It’s directly overhead so we are very hot,” says Les Colin, the lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Boise.

He says the all-time record high for the City of Trees was set in 1960 when it was 111 degrees.

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