Overview: Isolated showers and/or thunderstorms are possible over some areas today, but we’re tracking the warmest air of the season as we head through next week with periods of cloud cover and wind, but little precipitation expected.
Today: Partly to mostly cloudy with isolated showers and/or thunderstorms possible over and near the mountains late in the afternoon. Although it will be breezy at times, the wind shouldn’t be too strong for most areas in eastern Colorado. The wind gusts will be stronger over the San Luis Valley where gusts to around 30 mph will lead to critical fire weather conditions and so the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for this area valid from 1 PM until 7 PM. Afternoon temperatures should be warmer than Saturday under filtered sunshine with high temperatures in the 60s and 70s for most areas except along the Arkansas River in eastern Colorado where some communities may reach the lower 80s.
Tonight: Any evening showers and/or thunderstorms will move east and end, then partly cloudy with low temperatures in the 30s and 40s.
Extended: Monday should be mostly sunny and warmer again with high temperatures in the 70s and 80s for the plains with 60s to lower 70s for our local mountain communities. Tuesday might be breezy at times and a little cooler under a partly cloudy sky, but the air should still warm into the 60s and 70s for most areas. We expect a pronounced warming trend through the week with high temperatures reaching the 80s to lower 90s across the plains by Thursday. Chances for precipitation look very low for the latter half of the week, and although it’ll likely be breezy at times for many areas, we’re hopeful the wind will not routinely be strong enough for widespread fire weather concerns, but the possibility exists for some areas at times through the week. Next weekend looks slightly cooler with isolated showers and thunderstorms possible over some areas.