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Marty’s Saturday Morning Forecast – Windy & Very Warm/Red Flag Warning – 5/7/2022

Overview:  We're tracking very warm air, wind, and fire weather.

Today:  Partly cloudy and very warm with increasing wind through the day. Wind gusts over 30 mph will combine with very warm, dry air to create conditions favorable for the spread of wildfires over much of the area. High temperatures will reach the 80s and 90s for the plains with 70s to lower 80s for our local mountain communities and the southern valleys.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy with decreasing wind and low temperatures in the 40s and 50s for most areas.

Sunday:  A weak cold front will slide over eastern Colorado through early Sunday morning keeping the air a little cooler and the wind down, particularly during the morning hours, but by afternoon most areas will warm back into the 70s and 80s, with a few lower 90s possible along and south of the Arkansas River late. The sky will remain mostly sunny to partly cloudy, and fire weather conditions may return to some areas during the afternoon hours as the wind picks up again.

Extended:  Next week looks mostly sunny to partly cloudy, breezy to windy at times, and very warm. We expect fire weather conditions to be prevalent most days. High temperatures on the higher terrain along and west of I-25 will likely reach the 70s and 80s most days, while a mixture of 80s and 90s are likely over lower elevations along the Arkansas River and over much of the plains. There are some indications that colder air will arrive some time next weekend, and if so we may have a chance for some precipitation.

Marty Venticinque

Marty is a weekend morning meteorologist for KRDO.

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