Thirteen days until the Autumnal Equinox and fifty-nine days until clocks change.
The Western Slope and the entire state of Colorado is still under smoke and haze from wildfires across the west. An Air Quality Health Advisory is still in place and will likely remain through the end of this week. The hotter than average afternoon temperatures, dry conditions and mostly clear sky (along with the smoke) is courtesy of the strong upper level ridge. This weather maker will remain over the Western United States for the rest of the work week. High temperatures will be in the 90s for most of the Western Slope while the averages should be in the 80s. The hottest days of the forecast are for the end of this week.
A series of low pressure systems/cold fronts will be skirting the northern forecast areas early this weekend and early next week. This will nudge our high to the southeast a bit and it will be just enough to open the window for a few isolated storms. Widespread rain showers is not anticipated with this emerging pattern, however our temperatures should dip in response. The mountain zones will get those isolated storms while the lower elevations get lighting strikes and gusty winds. Aside from those storm associated wind gusts, generally a light breeze is to be expected through the start of next week