The region is still running between 5-10 degrees hotter than what is typical for this time of the year. Back into the triple digits for Grand Junction. Sunday marked the 11th day at or above 100° and Monday is expected to do the same… hot. Near record highs for a few spots as well. The relief is actually felt during the early morning hours because even past midnight temperatures are still on the warm side.
The weather maker responsible for these conditions will be the high pressure system anchored over the Desert Southwest through the midweek forecast. That will mean hotter temperatures and minimal rain showers through the middle of next week. The minimal rain chance is subject to scrutiny because late afternoon mountain, mesa and plateau storms are expected nearly every day. The hazards with this type of storm is lightning and gusty wind speeds. Late this week, temperatures are expected to lower and rain chances for more areas should increase.