Dry Conditions will be persisting through the weekend and into next week due to a strengthening upper level ridge above us .
Air Quality Advisories are in affect in Routt, Eagle, Jackson, Grand, Summit, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Pitkin, Lake, Park, northern Mesa, central/eastern Garfield, and eastern Rio Blanco counties. This weekend into the work week will be very hot with high temperatures running 5 – 10 degrees above average with some possible new records in the works. Our low temperatures will be slightly warmer than average due to the drier air but will be notably cooler than our highs. We will have mostly clear skies throughout the region. Our best storm chances will be along the higher elevations, but with the amount of precipitable water being close to an all time low measurable rainfall is unlikely. Smoke will continue to persist in the areas surrounding the wild fires. Rain deficit for Grand Junction is -2.39″. Rain deficit for Montrose is -3.88″/ Rain totals for the year should be in the 5″ & 6″ category. Stay safe in this hot and smoky weather.