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 effect in Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Eagle, Pitkin, Lake, Gunnison, Chaffee, central and eastern Garfield 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. It will be hazy tonight throughout the region due to smoke settling in the valley. The smoke is likely to persist for the next few days as it will establish a temperature inversion and chances of necessary convection to push it out are low. 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. If these storms do develop than the wind gust generated from their outflow boundaries may be enough to start pushing some of this smoke out of the valley. 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.