Smoke will continue creating problems on many different levels. Anyone with a respiratory illness should avoid prolonged exposure outside. Those working or recreating should also heed this warning. Ash is falling, so close the windows to your vehicle and if you leave clothes out to dry… just know they will smell a little smokey and contain ash sediment. The smoke does allow for fantastic sunrise and sunsets and the smoke prevents too much cooling in the morning along with too much heating in the afternoon. Records for the next few days in Grand Junction are Wednesday – 98°/Thursday 99° and for Montrose – Wednesday 95°/Thursday 95°.
The hot and dry forecast will continue through the end of this weekend. If the smoke was not present/preventing too much heating during the afternoon hours, Grand Junction would be setting new temperature high records the next few days. The heat is there and it is possible. All regions are running hotter than the average and maintain extremely dry conditions. There are very little storm opportunities, but they do exist. Late day (southern focus through the midweek adjusting to the central mountains late week) mountain storms don’t generally produce measurable rainfall. They do produce lightning and gusty outflow winds. The former and the latter will generate new fires and spread old or new fires quickly.