The Heat Advisory has been expanded and there are Red Flag Warnings in place.
This advisory is a take action statement for the low 100 degree readings expected for the next several days. Plan to rest frequently and to drink plenty of hydrating liquids if you work or play outside. Areas currently under this advisory through Friday night are all locations of the Grand Valley, Whitewater, De Beque, Rifle, Silt, Parachute, Newcastle, Delta, Olathe, Crawford, Paonia, Orchard City, Hotchkiss, Montrose, Gateway, Nucla, and Naturita. Please check on others/neighbors/family during this hot spell. DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN or pets IN AN UNATTENDED VEHICLE anytime of the year, but especially during this heat. The results can be lethal. There have been 5 national fatalities attributed to kids left in hot cars. Check the backseat before you lock/leave your car.
Since 2pm Thursday July 8 Grand Junction has bagged another 100 degree day. That makes a total of 11 for the year and as of 3:59 pm today a temperature record tie from 1989 exists at 104F! On Friday July 9 the record for Grand Junction is 103F and that temperature seems in jeopardy as Friday will be the hottest day of the forecast. The weekend will have hot temperatures as well, but the numbers should lower a few degrees. Wind speeds will also remain as breezy Friday through Saturday along with mostly sunny and dry conditions.
Storms opportunities are slowly drying up and are barely expected along the Divide and in/around the San Juans. Even with the High Country storms hanging in there, the bigger threats will be lightning and gusty outflows. The lower elevations look to go storm free into the middle of next week.