A hot, dry and smokey stretch of weather for the Western Slope.
There are very limited storm chances (early this evening in the northwest corner of Colorado) and none of them will impact our area until the end of this week. If the monsoon pattern can return late this weekend, the region could be experiencing increased wind speeds, humidity levels and scattered rain chances. In the meantime, the region will still be impacted by smoke and haze from (primarily) the Dixie Wildfire in Northern California. This smoke will continue to drift into the Western Slope by way of the high pressure system to our west. The drift pattern has been a combination of smoke ridging up and over, right into our area or an unrelenting westerly flow. There is an expectation to thin the smoke by the midweek and if the monsoon storm pattern returns this weekend, the wind shift should eradicate the smoke. Will be watching the late week pattern for this to fully develop. Temperatures will also be increasing and there could be a few days during the workweek that records are threatened. That means low 100 degree readings are possible.