August 19th Midday Forecast

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Today is shaping up to be another dry, hot and smoky day.  These smoky and hazy conditions are expected to persist for most of the area until the over night hours.  The only chances for some relief from this smoke will be from pop up afternoon thunderstorms at the higher elevations by the San Juans and the Divide.  These thunderstorms sadly will have a low chance of rain fall, but the wind gusts generated by them maybe enough to start moving some of the smoke out of the valley.  An Air Quality Advisory for wildfire smoke has been issued for Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Eagle, Pitkin, Lake, Gunnison, San Miguel, Ouray, and eastern and central Garfield Counties.  In addition the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for areas east and south of Glenwood Spring and an Extreme Heat Advisory for areas along I 70 from the Utah Colorado Boarder until Grand Junction.  High temperatures will be very hot with high temperatures running 10 degrees or more above average, and our lows are not lagging to far behind at 7 degrees above average.  Record breaking heat is likely throughout the week.  Current rainfall deficit is -2.54 inches for Grand Junction and -4.08 inches for Montrose.

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