Tuesday June 22, 2021 Forecast First


Consider today the last (short-term) of the very hot and very dry days.

Tuesday will wrap up as a very hot day with dry and breezy conditions. The official high temperature for the day has not been released, but Grand Junction has already struck 100F and that will make 7 total days at or above 100 degrees. The record for this date back in 2017 ( shared with two other dates) is 101F.

The Red Flag Warning will expire at 9 pm, but the wind speeds will still remain breezy through midnight. Weather changes are in the forecast for the midweek through the upcoming weekend with less hot temperatures and scattered rain chances each evening. Things get going Wednesday afternoon as an approaching low pressure system continues to nudge our high to the east a bit. This movement has kept conditions breezy, but more importantly this set up is allowing moisture to cruise right into the region from the south. The forecast will call for increasing showers and thunderstorms through the end of this week with lingering storms through the weekend. The majority of these late day/late evening storms will focus on the High Country, but gusty wind speeds will impact lower elevations and valleys. Rain chances look best Thursday, but measurable rain is light/low. The biggest hazards will be lightning and outflow storm gusts and some isolated heavy downpours. This pattern will not eradicate the drought, but it will add clouds and lower temperatures with increased humidity.

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