Tuesday August 10, 2021 Forecast First


There are very little changes to this forecast. Hot, dry and smoky conditions remain.

Subtle changes Tuesday afternoon will include light and isolated rain showers moving through the the northern zones from west to east (Garfield County). These are not really rain producers, but they could be wind makers and as such breezy conditions could be realized during the early evening hours. Wildfire smoke will continue to remain along the Western Slope through the midweek and likely beyond. Air Quality Health Advisories are in place each morning and should not expire until (at least) late this weekend/early next week.

High temperatures are expected to remain hotter than the average with near record ties possible for the end of this workweek. The average high temperatures for this time of the year is slowly decreasing. Grand Junction averages 92F and Montrose averages 88F. The forecast is calling for middle and upper 90s for these locations. The weekend will still be hot, but a pattern change is expected to slowly bring those afternoon temperatures down for the start of next week. This pattern shift could include a more southerly wind component which would thin/clear our smoke and inject subtropical moisture into the region. At this point, the weekend looks like rain chances are anchored around and near the San Juans. Lower valleys may get a bump up in storms, but the forecast looks mostly dry with gusty wind speeds. Increasing clouds and rain chances look possible for late Sunday through Tuesday. If this pattern can persist into the next week there could be more beneficial opportunities to get cooler temperatures and measurable rain.

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