After record heat on Labor Day, a cold front brings heat relief Tuesday

Westcliffe Sunset
Posted at 3:45 PM, Sep 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 00:33:31-04

Tonight’s Forecast:
Record heat slammed into Colorado for Labor Day but relief is on the way. Mostly clear skies and dry air will allow for temperatures to quickly cool into the low 60s by Tuesday morning. Any storms over the mountains this evening will quickly disappear after the sun goes down. The winds will remain light for most of the night.

Tomorrow’s Forecast:
An early morning cold front is going to bring a big change to the forecast for Tuesday. The winds will accelerate quickly behind the cold front that will move through around 6 to 8 am Tuesday morning. We'll see sustained wind speeds between 15 to 30 mph across the region Tuesday with a few gusts in the plains around 40 or more mph, especially during the first half of the day. A few isolated mountain thunderstorms will be possible on Tuesday due to the passage of the cold front, but recent modeling is limiting much rain from moving into the interstate. Temperatures on Tuesday will be around 10 to 15 degrees cooler than they were on Labor Day.

COLORADO SPRINGS: Low: 61, High: 83. A mild and easy evening with a cold front bringing strong winds early Tuesday morning. Isolated storms are possible mainly over the mountains west of town in the afternoon.

PUEBLO: Low: 62, High: 90. A mild night with light winds is expected through Pueblo. A cold front in the mid morning will bring very strong winds through town and keep highs about 12 degrees cooler than Monday. It's very likely Pueblo will stay dry tomorrow.

CANON CITY: Low: 65, High: 89. A warm night with light winds is expected through Tuesday morning. The cold front will mostly impact areas east of Canon City, but breezy winds in the first half of the day are likely. Isolated storms over the mountains are possible in the afternoon, but Canon City itself will likely stay dry.

WOODLAND PARK: Low: 54, High: 78. A crisp and calm evening is expected over Woodland Park by Tuesday morning. The cold front will keep strong winds on the other side of Pikes Peak, but we'll still be a few degrees cooler in the afternoon. Isolated daytime thunderstorms are possible in Woodland Park.

TRI-LAKES: Low: 50s, High: 70s. A calm night is expected with strong morning winds as a cold front blows through. Temperatures will be much cooler tomorrow afternoon, and a stray thunderstorm is possible, although that chance remains much better west of the area in the mountains.

PLAINS: Low: 60s, High: 90s. Calm and warm overnight with strong winds in the mid to late morning as a cold front moves through. Gusts could get as high as 40 mph or more in a few places. No rain is expected.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: Low: 50s, High: 80s. A mild and easy evening with a cold front bringing strong winds mid to late Tuesday morning. Isolated storms are possible mainly over the mountains west of town and on the mesa in the afternoon.

Extended Outlook:
A slight warm up can be expected on Wednesday, despite what could be very heavy morning cloud cover from upslope flow overnight. Highs will stay in the mid 80s and mid 90s from the Pikes Peak Region to Pueblo, as long as some sunshine develops. Isolated thunderstorms are possible on Wednesday, with the mountains once again being the most likely area to see rain. Big heat returns by Thursday with highs back in the 90s. Rain and cooler weather moves in for the weekend.