Hey y’all! It’s been a minute. I’ve been on vacation escaping some intense heat across Colorado but I’ve been welcomed back to even more intense heat. It is July in Colorado after all.
You don’t need me to tell you that it’s hot out there today but in case you do. It’s hot out there today. Heat advisories are in place across NE Colorado for temperatures between 98-106º. It’s going to be brutally hot so be sure to take frequent breaks in the shade and drink plenty of water.
All areas shaded in orange above are under heat alerts.
The forecast for this week really doesn’t change much. A ridge of high pressure has set up shop and will continue to bring 90º+ heat to much of Colorado through the upcoming weekend as well. As this ridge of high pressure wiggles around our area, it will bring periods of cooler (low 90s) weather and periods of monsoon moisture.
Here is a look at atmospheric heights. Essentially, yellows and oranges mean warm weather. Blues mean cooler weather. We don’t see much blue over our area through the next week. However, due to the positioning of the high pressure, winds will be grabbing some sub-tropical moisture and bringing it towards Colorado.
When looking at the temperature and precip forecast for Denver. Meaningful rain looks hard to come by. We may get lucky and see a shower or storm move over us this week but those chances are very slim. Better rain chances approach the I-25 corridor as we head into the weekend and into next week. Still, they’re not looking great. We are on a streak of 90s here in Denver and the streak will continue through the weekend as well.
Up in the mountains, the chances of rain are higher with monsoon moisture impacting them more than anywhere.
Here’s a look at Aspen’s forecast. Not a lot of rain, but showers and storms will be a bit more numerous in the central mountains. A nice surge of moisture looks to move in fore this weekend.
Similarly, Telluride and the San Juan mountains look to receive some showers and storms as we head deeper into this week.
We are in those sticky, hot dog days of summer that we’ve all come to expect here in Colorado. Let’s hope for some daily cloud cover and hopefully rain showers to cool us off.
The chance of rain through this week, although it’s there, it’s low.
The Sangre de Cristos, San Juans and the central mountains *may* see some light rain this week.
Better signals for rain start to show up starting Sunday and lasting through much of next week. If the forecast holds, we could be looking at some decent moisture for the mountains and hopefully some of that slips out onto the Plains.
Let’s hope for this turnout!
Before I go, here’s a look at temperatures and precipitation departures so far this month.
Temperatures are running a bit warmer than normal (no surprise there) just about everywhere in the state. Gunnison, Crested Butte and Aspen have been experiencing normal temperatures this month. Precip-wise, SW Colorado near Durango and from Colorado Spring’s to Ft. Collins and points east have been drier than normal. Some areas of the state (shaded in green in the above right image) have seen a bit of a surplus of moisture this month.
Stay cool out there!