Jun 27, 2012 1:26 PM by Craig Eliot

Extreme fire danger and record heat continue today!

TODAY: In the wake of the massive destruction caused by the Waldo Canyon Fire Tuesday, we unfortunately will likely see more very dangerous fire activity today! RED FLAG WARNINGS until 9 PM tonight for TELLER, EL PASO, FREMONT, PUEBLO, CUSTER, HUERFANO, LAS ANIMAS, CROWLEY AND OTERO COUNTIES. Winds today will increasing from the west at 10-20 mph+ and the temps will increase again as well. Record high or record tying temps a good possibility for Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Afternoon lunch today there will be a few thundershowers popping-up around the mountains and foothills. These storms are a big concern again today because they will produce strong gusty winds and not much rain. We also will be worried about the theta of dry lightning strikes. One other note....there is also a FLOOD WATCH for this afternoon and this evening for the areas that have been burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire as well as for Teller County and central and southern El Paso County. Rain on the burn scar areas of the fire do not have enough vegetation to hold the soil in place which means that moderate amounts of rain will cause flooding problems in a very short time!

TONIGHT: Cooling temps again and lighter winds will help calm the fire(s) overnight. Temps will drop into the 60's for areas around the fire...but only briefly. The good news is that there is a weak front that will pass and bring in some 'slightly' cooler air and 'little' higher relative humidity. The one drawback is that the front passing through will also cause some breezy conditions overnight which could keep the fires more active.

THURSDAY: Thanks to that front temps should be about 2-3 degrees lower than today and perhaps NOT record highs. The winds will be lighter and most likely from the north through the morning and early afternoon. We also could expect a little higher relative humidity/more moisture in the air. By afternoon look for another 30% chance for thunderstorms over Teller County / areas around the Waldo Canyon Fire and over Monument Hill. There is a little better chance of some of the showers hitting the ground. Showers will still pose a threat for flooding; we'll probably see FLOOD WATCHING again around Teller and El Paso Counties.

FRIDAY: Slight chance of a few more storms over the mountains and foothills and still hot. Storms producing gusty winds will be a real danger again during the afternoon.

SATURDAY-MONDAY: Heading into the weekend it will be a few degrees 'cooler'. (Lower 90's in the Springs and upper 90's to near 100 in Pueblo). We won't see any storms at the lower elevations through the weekend, but there could be a couple of storms over Teller County and areas to the west.



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