Under a ridge of high pressure, the Western Slope can expect hot, dry, windy and a mostly clear forecast.
Due to an enhanced Jetstream rounding the base of a trough to our west, southwest wind speeds will be strongest on Tuesday and Thursday. Neither day will entertain any rain chances and wind will remain in the forecast through this weekend. No day in this forecast has a rain chance (outside of the mountain zones). These conditions will enhance the risk for out of control/quickly spreading wildfires. Please be very cautious with any source of ignition. Hot engines parked on dry grass, machinery that can spark, trailer chains dragging along a roadway, open flames/cigarette butts etc. Red Flag Warnings are in place Monday and Tuesday and extensions are highly likely.
Temperatures will be running at least 10 degrees above the average for the near term forecast and 10- 15 degrees hotter for the long term forecast. This weekend the forecast calls for near 100 degree readings and records for Grand Junction exist right there for possible ties. Hot and Sunny conditions will continue well into next week.