Hot afternoons will lend themselves to mild mornings.
Thursday should start rather clear and quiet. That clear pattern will also continue through the rest of the morning hours. The rinse and repeat pattern (though it’s a dry cycle) continues Thursday afternoon with a partly cloudy sky and mountain zone storms. The hazards with these late day High Country showers will continue to be gusty wind speeds and some lightning. High temperatures are expected to continue to push into the hot category for Grand Junction with 90 degree readings and a near record tie possible at 96. The hotest day should be Friday (record of 98 degrees) with a plateau of heat resting in the middle 90s through next week. Montrose plateaus at the upper 80s/low 90s for the same period.
The high pressure weather pattern will remain in place and an approaching low will push in moisture beneath the ridge. The result will be an uptick in mountain storm coverage for the weekend and adjacent valley drift during the early evening hours. Gusty wind speeds and lightning will be the bigger hazards as the lower elevations appear to remain quite dry during this increase in storm coverage. The silver lining may be that these storm clouds and resultant drift keep our temperatures from going too hot this weekend. Wind speeds will become more problematic next week with the dry conditions in place.