Overview: We're tracking very warm air, periods of wind, and chances for thunderstorms on an almost daily basis over the next week.
Today: We'll start out the day under a mostly sunny sky and warm quickly through early this afternoon. Clouds will be on the increase this afternoon with spotty showers and thunderstorms developing over mainly mountain areas around or shortly after lunch time, then increasing in coverage and spreading east through evening. Prior to thunderstorms arriving we expect high temperatures to warm well into the 80s and 90s across the plains with 70s over our local mountain areas, but as showers and thunderstorms drift overhead they'll cool the air significantly. For some areas thunderstorms will be numerous with many storms likely capable of producing frequent lightning, gusty wind, bursts of heavy rain. Most thunderstorms should remain below severe criteria today, but the strongest cells could briefly approach severe criteria with wind gusts near 60 mph and hail to near 1" in diameter.
Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will gradually decrease in coverage this evening, but isolated showers and thunderstorms will likely continue to pop up over some areas until well after midnight. Away from showers and thunderstorms the sky should be partly cloudy with low temperatures in the 50s to near 60 for the plains with 40s over our local mountain communities.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and a few degrees cooler with high temperatures in the 80s and 90s for the plains; 70s over the mountains. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are still expected, but we expect their coverage to be lower.
Extended: We will continue to track generally warm weather through the work week with high temperatures in the 80s and 90s for the plains with 70s over the mountains. Many afternoons will feature breezy conditions with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Wednesday looks to be slightly cooler and feature a higher coverage of showers and thunderstorms compared to the rest of the week. The air should begin to dry out by Friday, although enough low-level moisture may remain for isolated thunderstorms along and east of the I-25 corridor. By Saturday most areas should be hot, dry and windy.