Aug 18, 2014 7:51 AM by Stephen Bowers
Expect another unseasonably warm day today with highs in the 80's and 90's. While the sun will be the dominating feature in today's weather, some showers and thunderstorms will be around late this afternoon and this evening.
Some rain showers were showing up near and west of the Continental Divide early this morning. These showers were not widespread nor were they exceptionally heavy, but they will be able to cross the Divide and and toward the I-25 corridor. Higher odds for rain exist in the mountains. Even with a lower probability for rain east of the mountains a few of those showers will move out toward I-25. Otherwise things are quiet in the west with high pressure parked over the Four Corners area. This high pressure will do its best to keep us dry through mid-week, but showers over the mountains may still mean a quick downpour on some days. The tail of a cold front over Kansas extend back toward the Southeastern Plains. That may help to provide a focus for the development of some thunderstorms over the Plains late this afternoon.
We will see an abundance of sun early, and that warm sun will send temperatures upward in a hurry. By 10 AM we will see widespread 70's. The sun holds on and warms temperatures into the 80's by noon, though some 70's will linger in the high elevations. At 2 PM we're seeing some showers in the mountains. They will be isolated, but they will be around as temperatures warm into the mid-to-upper 80's and even 90's along the Arkansas Valley and Southeastern Plains. Some of those isolated showers and thunderstorms try to sneak out of the mountains through 5 PM. Most areas will stay dry, but don't rule out a late day shower. By 10 PM we are dry with 60's and 70's.
The threat for isolated afternoon showers continues tomorrow and Wednesday. An increase in moisture along with some cooling will ramp up the showers and thunderstorms by late week. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue into the weekend, especially in the afternoons.