Excessive Heat Warning continues for the Grand Valley and the Paradox Valley.
Smoke will linger, the wind will breeze and a partly cloudy sky will marginally defeat the really hot temperatures. Don’t expect a major drop in temperatures due to the increased cloud coverage though. Grand Junction and many other locations have achieved another day of records. It’s the fourth consecutive day at or above 100 degrees for GJ. A new record hottest temperature was also achieved for the month of June today, 105F at the Grand Junction Airport.
A significant drop in temperatures will be possible next week as the ridge of high pressure folds and a few rounds of storms move through the mountain zones. In fact, a ramp up of mountain storm activity is anticipated each afternoon until the beginning of next week when those storms help lower the temperatures by replacing the high with a trough of low pressure. The ramp up period this weekend will have gusty wind speeds and lightning strike hazards. Not ideal conditions for the exceptionally dry pattern the Western Slope is under. Stronger wind speeds are expected Thursday and Friday and Red Flag Conditions are possible.