So long, spring; hello, summer

Idaho StatesmanJune 20, 2014 

floating boise river, father's day, family activity

Floating the Boise River Sunday June 16, 2013 in Boise.

DARIN OSWALD — doswald@idahostatesman.com Buy Photo

Warming up Saturday is the first day of summer, and it looks like Mother Nature will bring the heat. Highs this weekend will be in the upper 80s, according to the National Weather Service. The first 90-degree day of the year was June 12, when it hit 94.

What drought? More than 5 inches of precipitation were recorded in Boise from March to May, about an inch more than normal. At least a quarter-inch was measured on 15 days - that's normally how many are logged in an entire year. It's been the 25th-wettest start to a year since 1878.

Mild spring The last freeze at the Boise Airport was April 23, two weeks earlier than usual. There were just nine days when temperatures were 32 or colder; the average is 24 days (going back to 1875).

More sneezing and wheezing It was a rough spring for allergy sufferers. "Patients' symptoms seemed to be more exacerbated ... and they seemed to have started a lot earlier," said Dr. Don Beasley of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. He said the causes vary: trees in spring, grasses in summer, weeds in fall.

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