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Aug 31, 2014 11:49 AM by John Dissauer

Last Day of Meteorological Summer

Update 9:15pm:  Skies are clearing tonight.  Temperatures will get down to the lower and middle 50's by morning.  Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies expected for Labor Day.  Highs will be a little cooler as compared to Sunday.  Look for temperatures to top out in the 80's for most locations.

Update 9:49am:  A mixture of sun and clouds expected throughout Sunday.  I am carrying a 15%-20% chance for a late afternoon shower and/or thunderstorm north of Highway 24 in Teller County and for the northern quarter of El Paso County (near the Palmer Divide).

Temperatures should be a couple degrees warmer than Saturday.  Highs will be in the 80°s and 90°s for southern Colorado.  In the mountains, temperatures should top out in the 70°s.

WINDS KICK UP

Computer models are indicating winds will increase late this morning and through the early evening.  Wind gusting 20-30 miles per hour will be possible.

FEELING LIKE FALL

As first mentioned last Friday, it appears cooler air is on its way to southern Colorado for the end of the week.  Along with cooler air, moisture in the form of rain looks to arrive starting Friday.  How cool?  Early indications point to highs in the 60°s and 70°s Friday and Saturday.  Morning lows would be in the 40°s and 50°s.

AN END TO METEOROLOGICAL SUMMER

Today is the last day of Meteorological Summer (June 1 - August 31).  Summer 2014 will likely go in the books as the coolest in 5 years.

Of interesting note, the number of 90°+ days in Colorado Springs.  Officially, Colorado Springs reached 90° or higher sixteen days this summer.  That is the lowest number of 90°+ days since 2009.  Also, it is only 61% of the ten year normal for 90°+ days (26 days).  - Meteorologist John Dissauer

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