That list of hazards for the Western Slope has become more clear today.
The Grand Valley will fall under a Heat Advisory from noon Thursday July 8 through Friday July 9 8 pm. This is subject to change, but the hot temperatures have arrived. Grand Junction bagged two days since July began at or above 100° and there should be several more this week. The afternoon temperatures for GJ Wed through Fri will be very close to the records (RECORDS: W-103F TH-104F F-103F). Heat Exhaustion will become an issue for many locations on the Western Slope. DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN or pets IN AN UNATTENDED VEHICLE anytime of the year, but especially during this heat. The results can be lethal. There have been 5 national fatalities attributed to kids left in hot cars. Check the backseat before you lock/leave your car!
There is also a Fire Weather Watch for the northwestern corner of the state for dry and windy conditions. This could also expand in time and terrain, but stronger wind speeds are anticipated for the end of the week. Storms opportunities are slowly drying up and by late week, on the eastern periphery of the high pressure system we may not see any storms because of the extremely dry conditions in play. This position of the high to our west will also be the wind generator.