Cloud cover has kept temperatures in the double digits in Boise Friday afternoon so far. The high temperature as of 2:15 p.m. was 88 degrees, according to National Weather Service reports.
That is 20 degrees cooler the high temp of 108 on Thursday, and many Boise residents seem to be enjoying the break from blazing heat and sun. The estimated high temperature for Friday is 95. If the city reaches that, it would be the first day since July 6 that temperatures havent reached 100 or higher.
All that still air means the inversion that has kept smoke from nearby wildfires and ozone from car emissions trapped in the Valley for the most of the week continues to hang around Friday.
But possible rain and thunderstorms Saturday a surge of moisture from the southwest United States is on its way could help clear the air and keep temperatures into the mid 90s, Weather Service officials said.
The estimated high temperature for the Boise area Saturday is 95 degrees. If it does rain, it will likely be in the afternoon and early evening, which would make for a potentially slippery course for the Twilight Criterium bike race set for Downtown Boise.
The event begins at 2 p.m. with a kids' ride. Racing begins at 2:45 p.m. The final event, the mens pro ride, is scheduled to begin around 8:15 p.m.