Strong wind speeds, very dry conditions and hot temperatures are the top story for Thursday.
Red Flag Warnings will expire at midnight and the Wind Advisories will expire by 9 pm. The Western Slope is teetering between D3 and D4 drought conditions, which is extreme to exceptional. Rain deficits between Montrose and Grand Junction are exceeding the 1.25″ and 1.75″. Fire starts can quickly lead to out of control wildfires if careless actions by humans is not curtailed. Lightning is minimal until next week (extended dry forecast) and that could also be counted as a fire start.
A clear pattern will settle into the region under a ridge of high pressure through the weekend. However, temperatures are going to climb for the weekend and next week with 100 degree readings for the first time for a few locations. Near record and new records will be possible. This very hot pattern will persist for more than a few days and can be considered a Heat Wave. Take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion next week. Avoid strenuous activities/prolonged exposure during the “heat of the day” and drink plenty of fluids/stay hydrated.