Smoky conditions will continue and hotter temperatures are expected.
The wind direction from the west and northwest will continue to delivery wildfire smoke from the west coast and the PACNW. Air Quality Health Advisory is in place for the majority of the state. Temperatures will be running hotter than the averages by five or more degrees and a few near record ties are possible as the end of the work week draws near.
Storms have been firing and will continue to fire in the Four Corners/southern zones of the state. This is a subtropical influence, but it is much more prevalent further south into Arizona and New Mexico. This is a subtle pattern that will take time to erode our ridge of high pressure, our dominant weather pattern. The end of this workweek and this weekend will have mostly hot and dry conditions, but a few storms will pulse in the mountain zones aided by a humid southerly flow. By the middle of next week, our high pressure system will slide further south because of an advancing pacific low and this could be the pattern we need to get a lot more “monsoon” storms moving through the region. If this comes to fruition, temperatures will drop and storm chances will increase.