Although there are much bigger things happening across the world right now, the weather must go on and continue to be talked about.
The heat that we’ve felt over the last several days has been rather extensive. We’ve seen numerous 90s on the eastern Plains with 100s in the SE Plains. Even mountain locations have been seeing 60s, 70s and 80s aiding to rapidly melt the lingering snow on the high peaks. That has led to rivers running high and very quickly.
Record Heat Possible
The ridge of heat we’ve felt will continue to bring us above-normal temperatures through the weekend and that could come with record heat. Thursday, Friday and Saturday all have the potential to set record highs in Denver.
The rest of Colorado will be warm as well.
I want to note what next week is looking like. Cooler with overnight lows in the 40s possible so it will even been cool/chilly at night which will be a refreshing change of pace for us.
Windy with Fire Danger and Then A Cool Down
There’s a low pressure sitting off of California that will eventually move northeast into the High Plains through this weekend. We will see the first affects of this on Saturday with a decent shot of seeing afternoon storms flare up thanks to the increase of moisture. Some of the storms could be severe (which, btw, there has been like NO severe weather this year. Wild)
It will be windy on Saturday – gusts for 40-45 mph will be possible. The wind, combined with the mid-90s may create some fire danger across the area.
Sunday will be overall drier and still hot. And windy. Gusts 40-50 mph will be possible and fire danger will be extreme. Fire weather advisories and red flag warnings will be needed this weekend and possibly into Monday.
Eventually, a cold front will push through Sunday evening and that will drop our temperatures into the lower 80s and upper 70s for the first half of next week. A welcome temperature after over above-average stretch of temperatures.
There are no real organized storms chances during this period but I would say that Saturday is our best chance of seeing storms around.
The mountains will be seeing some very windy conditions through the weekend – especially up high where winds could reach 60 mph at times – mainly Saturday-Sunday.
Drought conditions continue for much of the high terrain but some rain is in the forecast thanks to that trough I mentioned. As that swings through, it will bring some much needed moisture to the Four Corners region.
Drought is slowly expading in Colorado. Denver is now in the abnormally dry category but ares to the south are suffering from Severe to Extreme drought. The rain that is coming should be very beneficial to the western Half of the State. Hopefully we can make some improvement although it will take quite of bit of moisture to eradicate the ongoing drought concerns.
That’s all for now. Enjoy the weekend. Be safe.
~ Rain or Shine
I’m Andy Stein