Jun 3, 2014 1:01 PM by Meteorologist Valerie Abati
It's a hot one out there. And the heat is just starting to crank up. So too are the winds.
We have a Red Flag Warning in effect for much of the area through 8 PM. High temps, low humidity and gusty winds will lead to an increased fire danger this afternoon. Please don't be throwing cigarettes out the window. We see it happen every time there's a Red Flag Warning in effect and this is so dangerous!
Winds are just starting to pick up around the noon hour. That's because this morning, the storm itself was moving through the mountains. As the system moves to our east, that's when our winds really take off and start to gust. Peak wind gusts will be near 3-4 PM this afternoon and up to 40mph. It's also when our temperatures will soar. Right now we're climbing into the 80s but this afternoon, we can expect highs in Springs near 90 degrees and in Pueblo around the upper 90s.
The storm that's moving through CO will also be responsible for some severe weather to our east. There's a big area of a moderate risk of severe weather through Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. Even several tornados will be possible. For us, we'll stay dry and sunny. We could even reach record highs, but I don't see it happening because the storm has been slow to move east. If it had been a little faster, I definitely could've seen us breaking these records. Highs in Springs near 90. In Pueblo upper 90s. In places east, Lamar, La Junta you'll see triple digits this afternoon.
Slow cooling this evening. Many still in the 70s through midnight. So a warm start tomorrow with lows in the low 60s for some.
Wednesday and Thursday will still be sunny, but also slightly cooler as the winds shift again. This means 80s and 90s for most, but not excessive heat. A few spotty showers are possible on Thursday, but we'll see the best chance come Friday and Saturday across the entire area. By Sunday, most of the showers should be out of here with fairly mild conditions.
Stay cool and be alert for fire dangers... Meteorologist Valerie Abati
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