Hotter than average afternoon temperatures and very dry conditions are expected to continue Sunday.
Our current weather maker responsible for these triple digit readings will be the ridge of high pressure over the Four Corners. This is going to put hot to very hot temperatures on the board with near record attempts throughout the weekend. The lower valleys/western location can easily achieve low 100° readings. Grand Junction already has three for the year (Saturday, July 11 the most recent). Mountain storms should be able to fire up this weekend and into the early part of next week. Lightning strikes will be a major associated hazard in the High Country. Lower valleys could benefit from these storms (Montrose) Sunday and (Grand Junction) Monday, but drier and gusty outcomes are likely. The wind machine kicks in Monday and Tuesday for Red Flag Warnings and a potential late week storm system is anticipated.