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Storm’s peak winds topped 60 mph in Boise, lightning sparks fires in region; triple-digit heat on tap Tuesday

A thunderstorm that passed through the Boise area from the south Monday afternoon was packing quite a punch.

The peak wind speed measured at the Boise Airport was 61 mph, while the estimated wind speed in Horseshoe Bend was 70 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm passed through Boise around 4 p.m. About a hundredth of an inch of rain fell during the short burst.

High winds did cause some localized damage, including a tree on a vehicle, the Weather Service said.

Lightning from the storm may have sparked wildfires in the region. The Soda Fire in Owyhee County was reported at 1 p.m. Monday. The fire grew to 6,500 acres by Monday night.

In Boise County, lightning storms ignited fires in the mountains east of Crouch, according to a Boise National Forest spokesman.

The high temperature in Boise Monday was 98. The high Tuesday is expected to be 100. Triple digits are expected until Friday, when the forecast high is 88. The weekend highs will be in the upper 80s.

There’s a chance of thunderstorms early Wednesday morning, the Weather Service says.

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