Excessive Heat Warning continues through Friday and Red Flag Warnings begin for the weekend.
A fifth day of record breaking high temperatures for Grand Junction. Easily achieved because the daily high for June 17 was only 100F. As of this writing, 103F was achieved! The heat will continue through next week thanks to movement from the exiting high and the advancement of a low to our north. This new pattern will actually lower the daily highs a little bit, but temperatures will still be running hotter than the average. The good news is that records should cease.
Scattered thunderstorms will continue to develop over the High Country during the late afternoon. Added cloud coverage, gusty wind speeds and lightning strikes will be the biggest hazards. The storms themselves will be isolated with brief heavy downpours over the mountain sites. The Red Flag Warnings are in place for the very dry conditions and the wind. The new ignition source (lightning) could create new wildfires this weekend. Early next week the wind speeds will be stronger and more RFW’s will be anticipated.