Friday August 20, 2021 Forecast First


Where do we begin?

Record rainfall totals for a few locations/past few days, record low temperatures in a few spots Friday morning, record cool afternoon high temperatures recently, snow on the Grand Mesa and in the higher elevations???

The Western Slope is currently behind our latest storm system and as such our winds have a slight northerly component. This direction will reinforce the cooler temperatures, but by the weekend, the wind direction will swing in from the west/sw. This will reinforce the mostly dry conditions and the slightly warmer temperatures expected Saturday and Sunday. There will be a few isolated storms popping up during Saturday early in the afternoon. A partly cloudy finish to an otherwise great late August day is expected, get out and play! These storms will develop over the mountains, mesas and plateaus and while there is a slight chance for storms over the populated areas… gusty wind speeds should be the primary hazard, not flooding.

Sunday and Monday will have a sunnier sky and warmer afternoon temperatures. This uptick through the end of next week will actually push those numbers about 5 degrees hotter than the average for this time of the year. No records, but a fairy confident stretch of mostly clear, warmer/hot and dry conditions are in the extended forecast. Wind speeds should maintain a westerly component next week and a few days could be borderline Fire Weather Watches

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