The excessive heat will continue to impact the Western Slope this week. Afternoon high temperatures should fall short of records, but most days are running 5-10 plus degrees hotter than is typical. Grand Junction has bagged four 100° days for the year.
The wind will pick up Monday and Tuesday and a Red Flag Warning remains in effect for gusty winds, low humidity and dry fuels. Expect this criteria to be met with a wind out of the southwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. These conditions will allow any ignition source to quickly spread out of control threatening lives and property. Be fire weather aware please. Mother Nature will contribute with daily lightning strikes as the mountain zones will begin midday with storms. Lower elevations should be seeing storm clouds late afternoon Monday and continuing beyond sunset ( 8:40 pm GJT.) Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast almost every afternoon of this upcoming week. The greater storm chance will exist toward the end of this week with better (sub-tropical influence) coverage.