The Western Slope is currently under a Red Flag Warning that will continue through Wednesday for very dry conditions, hot temperatures and breezy to windy conditions. Wind speeds today, out of the southwest, should exceed the gust value of 35 mph for a few spots. Under these conditions, any open flame or spark can ignite and spread quickly out of control threatening lives and properties.
Temperatures will continue the hotter than average pattern for all locations. Grand Junction (yesterday and early June) bagged it’s second 100° day for the year. Record high temperatures are in the 104°/105° readings for this week. Mesa County could be into and near 100° again this afternoon. Montrose will also be right back into the heat with middle 90s.
Ridge of high pressure will build back in later this week, strong and with another stretch of very hot days. Breezy conditions are anticipated Thursday and mountain storms should begin to drift over the valley locations this weekend.
Watch the late afternoon hours, avoid the heat of the day. Take frequent breaks if you’re working or recreating outside, hydrate often, and wear light colored clothing. Leave your pets at home with plenty of water and shade and do not leave anyone unattended in a vehicle. Reminder to check the car’s backseat for children if you are running errands.