Jul 22, 2014 8:18 AM by Stephen Bowers
Today is going to be another unseasonably warm day... again. Today very well may be the warmest day in our current stretch of warm days as the warm high pressure is centered as close to us as it will be. Over Canada's Pacific Coast is an area of low pressure. While that will likely not have any major impact on our weather directly, it will help to weaken the warm high pressure ridge on Thursday and Friday enough that a cold front can drop through and cool the temperatures for the weekend. The cooler weekend will also come with afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
Today will be a typical July day with temperatures warming quickly into the 80's through 10 AM. At noon the sun will shine and temperatures will warm toward 90 in Colorado Springs, well into the 90's along and south of the Arkansas Valley, and 80's in high elevations like Monument and Rye. 2 PM temperatures just keep going up, and nearly all areas will make it to near 90 or well into the 90's. The high elevations will be the exception. Areas along the Lower Arkansas Valley like La Junta and Lamar will warm again to near 100. Like yesterday thunderstorms will be limited to the high elevations, but conditions do appear favorable for a thunderstorm or two in Teller County or in northern El Paso County along the high spots of the Palmer Divide. Those will linger into the evening and fade away overnight.
Tomorrow will still be unseasonably warm tomorrow, but temperatures will start a downward trend. Expect only a stray pop-up thunderstorm in the heat of the afternoon. Coverage of the afternoon thunderstorms could begin increasing Thursday and Friday. Temperatures jump up slightly both days and then cool more noticeably Saturday and Sunday, at which time coverage of the afternoon thunderstorms will increase even more.