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September outlook for Southern Colorado looks warm and dry

Colorado Springs September preview
September Precipitation Outlook
Posted at 7:11 PM, Aug 31, 2020

After an all-too-hot August that included a whopping 21 days in the 90s in Colorado Springs, cooler days like today will soon be more common.

September in Southern Colorado is synonymous with large temperature swings, changing leaves and the potential for the first freeze of the season.

Colorado Springs September preview
Colorado Springs September weather preview

Taking a closer look at the September weather preview for Colorado Springs, we see that our average high for the month drops into the middle 70s. Our average low will drop down to the upper 40s.

Of course since it's still summer for a majority of the month, we'll likely see plenty of hot days early on. On average, September is our 4th warmest month of the year.

While August is traditionally our wettest month on record with over 3.3" of rainfall, September on average comes in sixth wettest with around 1.2" of rain.

Snow is pretty rare in September, but not impossible. 2014 was the last time that we saw a trace of snow reported at the airport.

Although an early freeze can happen in September, the last time this occurred was back in 2006.

The newly released outlook from the Climate Prediction Center is in favor of above average temperatures this September for the western half of Colorado.

The outlook is hinting at a near average month of temperatures for areas east of the mountains, extending into the Plains.

September Precipitation Outlook
UPDATED September Precipitation Outlook

More dry weather is likely in September, per the latest Precipitation Outlook. The trend for Southern Colorado specifically is dry, but perhaps closer to average.

With La Nina expected to develop this fall, it's possible that our drought will persist through the winter of 2021, if not worsen.