This Summer to be Hotter than Normal

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Grand Junction welcomed in summer with triple digit temperatures, and meteorologists expect that trend to continue.

"We're actually looking at a dry and hot summer," said Andrew Lyons, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, "We have an area of high pressure that is basically sitting right over us and what that's doing is keeping skies mostly sunny to partly cloudy and that's allowing a lot of sun to heat us up. So as long as that high pressure is in there, it's going to keep us warm and dry."

The start of summer was hot, but it wasn't the start of hot temperatures for the season as the month of May, second hottest in 137 years of global record keeping, say temperatures reaching 10 degrees above normal.

"We had several days above 90 degrees in May which isn't unheard of but it's not typical." said Lyons.

The hot conditions won't stop many from enjoying the outdoors and people have already fallen victim to the conditions this year.

"This last weekend, we had a couple of hikers up on Crag's Crest. They got fatigued and we had to go get them." said Doug Sieckert, with the Mesa County Search & Rescue team.

Sieckert says that you can never bring too much water this time of year. To protect yourself he recommends bringing sunscreen, light clothes that cover your skin and tell someone you are hiking in the case something does happen.


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