Good news to share for the Western Slope!
Less hot temperatures and increasing rain chances this week. The elephant in the room is and has been the smoke/haze from wildfires. As a result, the majority of the Western Slope is under an Air Quality Health Advisory through Tuesday. If you are sensitive or have a suppressed respiratory system please take precautions to avoid prolonged exposure outside.
Beginning Tuesday and continuing Wednesday, the populated valleys of Delta, Montrose and Mesa Counties will have showers and thunderstorms developing over the High Country and moving over the lower elevations after the noon hour. Gusty wind speeds, small hail, lightning and brief heavy downpours are anticipated. The risk for debris flows on burn scars will be monitored and the Grizzly Creek Burn Scar (the most impactful area/I-70) could go under a Flood Watch/Warning during the midweek.
All of the added moisture is also giving the region a break from the recent heat wave and temperatures this week should drop to the middle and lower 90 degree averages. Some locations will fall below the average with measurable rain showers in the area. The end of this week and the upcoming weekend will still have lingering storm opportunities and slowly increasing temperatures. Peaches love hot temperatures and this weekend should be right back into the triple digits