July is off to a sizzling start.
Highs this weekend will be in the mid-90s, and next week it’ll get even hotter.
The National Weather Service is predicting highs in the upper-90s — 97 to 99 — all week. Overnight lows at this time of year are typically in the high 50s but next week they’ll be in high 60s, possibly hitting 70 later in the week.
Boise’s normal high for July 4 is 88. The record high was 106 in 1937, according to Weather Service.
“We are close to triple digits pretty much everywhere in the Treasure Valley right now for all of next week,” said Aviva Braun, a meteorologist at the Weather Service.
Braun said a ridge out of the southwest that’s setting up will affect much of the Intermountain West.
The good news for folks looking for places to cool off: Quinn’s Pond has been deemed safe for the public again — though you’ve gotta leave your dogs at home. Unfortunately, the ponds at Esther Simplot Park still have unsafe levels of E. coli bacteria.
The new fountain at The Grove in Downtown Boise is another place to cool off.
The Boise River has come down significantly in the past couple weeks but it’s still considered very unsafe, not just because of the high flow rate but also because of tree snags and other dangers.
But there are many pools throughout the Treasure Valley, and we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of locations, hours and cost for you.