Dramatically cooler Thursday, with evening rain showers

Hazy skies over Colorado Springs
Posted at 6:52 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 00:28:38-04

Tonight's Forecast:
We'll continue to see poor air quality this evening due to the East Canyon Fire burning near Durango, with an Air Quality Alert in effect until 10 pm. In addition to the poor air quality, our current Red Flag Warning should be allowed to expire at 8 pm. An overnight cold front will bring gusty northerly winds to Southern Colorado overnight, along with more comfortable lows. Most areas near the interstate tonight will drop down to the 50s, with 60s for the Plains.

COLORADO SPRINGS: Low: 53; High: 73. After 5 consecutive days under Red Flag Warnings, we'll see less fire danger on Thursday. Not only will it be about 20 degrees cooler, we'll also see increasing chances for rain by the evening.

PUEBLO: Low: 58; High: 80. Finally a break in the weather pattern, with highs on Thursday down some 15 to 20 degrees. Dry skies during the day will give way to some scattered showers by the evening hours.

CANON CITY: Low: 58; High: 77. A big case of weather whiplash on Thursday for Canon City. Highs will be about 15 degrees cooler, with rain showers increasing in coverage by the evening.

WOODLAND PARK: Low: 44; High: 65. A cooler and breezy day is on tap for Woodland Park on Thursday. Along with the cool down, we'll see a chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms for the afternoon and evening hours.

TRI-LAKES: Low: 40s/50s; High: 60s/70s. After days of heat and high fire danger, our weather on Friday will turn dramatically cooler. Along with the cooler weather comes a chance for rain by Thursday evening.

PLAINS: Low: 50s/60s; High: 80s. Breezy and much cooler on Thursday, with scattered showers and thunderstorms expected by late evening.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: Low: 50s; High: 70s/80s. Mostly sunny and cooler during the day, with increasing chances for showers and thunderstorms by Thursday night.

Extended Outlook:
Unsettled and cooler weather is expected across Southern Colorado on Friday, with periods of rain and thunderstorms in the forecast. Could see some beneficial amounts for rain in some areas, which would be great news for our drought. Other than a few scattered thunderstorms Saturday afternoon, we should dry out this weekend. Heat returns by Father's Day, with further warming early next week.