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Boise heat streak now in Top 10; thunderstorms in region this week

A system off the California Coast, along with monsoonal moisture, could mean thunderstorms in the Boise region this week.
A system off the California Coast, along with monsoonal moisture, could mean thunderstorms in the Boise region this week.

Boise summers always bring the heat — and this is one for the record books.

We’ve already had 25 consecutive days of highs of 90 or above, a heat streak that ranks as 7th longest since records were kept back in the late 1800s, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Josh Smith.

Boise hit 98 degrees Monday, moving the city to the streak up to 7th place. There’s no end in sight, as temperatures are expected to rise into triple digits this weekend.

The record for consecutive days for 90 degrees or above is 50 days. That was set in 1875.

Thunderstorms rolled through the Boise region Monday morning, bringing lightning to areas south of Meridian and south of the Boise Airport.

“We’ll be seeing more thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, probably south of the Valley,” Smith said. “I don’t think its going to get into the Valley.”

There will be thunderstorms in the region for the next couple days, then a drying trend. Temperatures will be close to 100 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

July is on track to be one of the hottest ever. To date, the average daily temperature is 81.1 degrees, ranking fifth in the record book. The average daily high temperature is currently 97.3 degrees, which ranks third.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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