An overnight cold front brought us a little break from the heat today in Southern Colorado, but really that's been a rare sight this past month.
To sum it up best, our weather this past June can best be described as H-O-T.
Based on years of climate data, the average high in June for Colorado Springs is normally around 79 degrees. This year, our average high for the month worked out to be more than 85 degrees.
Several days of extreme heat helped to skew that average way up as we spent more than 9 days in the 90s.
In Pueblo, we averaged a high of 93 degrees, which is nearly 6 degrees above the norm.
Pueblo also had its fair share of hot weather days. This June, we hit triple digits 4 times, and saw highs in the 90s more than 20 times.
As a meteorologist, I always find it interesting to look beyond the scope of our extended forecast by analyzing long-range models and outlooks.
Looking at the very latest from the Climate Prediction Center, we can see here that July's outlook heavily favors warmer than average trends.
What this could mean is more days of triple digit heat for Pueblo, the Arkansas River Valley and the Eastern Plains, and the potential for plenty of heat for the rest of us.
Even though these outlooks can give us an idea of how warm or cool our weather will be relative to the norm, they can't replace detailed short-term forecasts like what you'll find here from our First Alert 5 team.