Overview: We're tracking heat and wind which will lead cause conditions to become favorable for the spread of wildfires at times for some areas this week. Isolated showers and/or thunderstorms are possible for some areas on occasion, but most days will remain dry for many of us for awhile. A couple of weak cold fronts could enhance thunderstorms chances briefly later in the week.
Today: Mostly sunny this morning, then partly cloudy and breezy to windy at times with conditions becoming favorable for the spread of wildfires east of the I-25 corridor this afternoon. The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Pueblo has issued a Red Flag Warning from 12 PM to 8 PM for the southeastern plains of Colorado roughly along and east of highway 71. The wind should be strongest over the plains of southeastern Colorado where gusts over 30 mph will be likely this afternoon, but all areas will have a noticeable breeze as the day wears on. Generally spotty showers and thunderstorms will develop over and near the mountains this afternoon, and although we aren't expecting any severe weather, stronger cells could produce brief downpours, frequent lightning and gusty wind. High temperatures will reach the 90s to near 100 for the southeastern plains, 80s and 90s along the I-25 corridor, and 70s to lower 80s for our local mountain communities, but some cooling will occur near any showers and thunderstorms that develop this afternoon.
Tonight: Any showers and/or thunderstorms near the mountains will end and the wind will gradually decrease. Partly cloudy during the night with low temperatures in the 50s and 60s for the plains with 40s and 50s for the mountains and mountain valleys.
Sunday: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy, becoming breezy and hot again with a slight chance for a sprinkle, brief shower, or crack of thunder over the mountains during the afternoon. Most areas will be very dry with conditions becoming favorable for the spread of wildfires during the afternoon for many in our coverage area. High temperatures shouldn't change much from Saturday with 90s to near 100 for the plains, 80s and 90s along the I-25 corridor, and 70s to lower 80s for our local mountain communities and mountain valleys.
Extended: Conditions don't look to change much for Monday and Tuesday. A weak cold front looks to arrive either Wednesday or Thursday and should bring us a slightly better chance for spotty showers and thunderstorms. Friday looks hot and mostly dry. A stronger cold front may arrive on Saturday and bring more areas better chances for some rain.