Hazardous weather continues for the Western Slope.
The Grand Valley and the Paradox Valley will fall under a Heat Advisory from noon Thursday July 8 through Friday July 9 until 8 pm. Hot temperatures have returned to the Western Slope and appear to remain in place for the majority of the month. Grand Junction bagged two days since July began at or above 100° and is on it’s way for a third Wednesday July 7, 2021. The afternoon temperatures for GJ Wed through Fri will be very close to the records (RECORDS: W-103F TH-104F F-103F). The all time hot record for Grand Junction is 106F from July 21, 2005!
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/Red Flag Warning for the northwestern corner of the state for dry and windy conditions. This could also expand in time and terrain, but breezy wind speeds are anticipated for the end of the week. Storms opportunities are slowly drying up and are barely expected along the Divide and in/around the San Juans. Dry to very dry conditions are in place once again and even with the High Country storms hanging in there, the bigger threats will be lightning and gusty outflows. The lower elevations look to go storm free into the middle of next week.