Although summer won't officially start until 3:44 pm on June 20th, it's already feeling like summer in Southern Colorado.
Looking at our weather this past month, average monthly high temperatures in Colorado Springs and Pueblo were well above normal.
The average monthly high in Colorado Springs this past May was reported at 74.1 degrees. That's 5 degrees warmer than the 30-year average. In May in Pueblo, the average high worked out to be 82.1 degrees, which is more than 5 degrees above normal.
Looking ahead...it looks like a warm June for the United States mainland. Closer to home, the latest outlook from the Climate Prediction Center also favors warmer than average temperatures this month for Southern Colorado.
Considering how warm our weather has been lately, the Eastern Plains and Arkansas River Valley could easily see multiple 100 degree plus days in June.
When it comes to precipitation, large areas of severe to extreme drought still cover portions of Southern Colorado, so we need the rain!
The precipitation outlook for June shows a bullseye of below average rainfall for the Central Plains, with southeastern parts of Colorado also included. Other than that, most of Colorado falls within the average category, which favors a better chance of near normal rainfall.
Whenever talking about weather outlooks, it's important to note that these are not intended to be taken as a forecast, but rather an overall indicator of future conditions relative to the norm.