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Hot again today before afternoon and evening thunderstorms

Lightning over Colorado Springs
Posted at 5:39 AM, Aug 20, 2020

Today’s Forecast:
We're going to be hot again today with smoke likely present in and around El Paso and Teller counties in particular from the morning through the early afternoon. We'll see showers and storms develop over the mountains in the afternoon and eventually spread east into the plains this evening. Storms today have the ingredients for isolated severe weather, but severe chances in general remain low. There could be a second passing of showers and storms tonight, but severe weather is not expected.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High: 90; Low: 57. Hot and breezy with showers and thunderstorms moving back into the afternoon and evening. Storms could be strong with small hail and heavy rain, but severe chances are on the low end. If there was a severe storm in El Paso County, it would likely be east of Colorado Springs. A second passing of non-severe storms between 10pm to 2am is possible tonight.

PUEBLO: High: 96; Low: 60. Hot and a bit breezy at times with rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon and early evening. Rain could be heavy in a few storms with small hail and lightning, but severe weather chances are low for Pueblo, and probably more likely out east of town closer to Crowley county. A stray storm could pass by around midnight, but most of the late night rain would be north of town.

CANON CITY: High: 92; Low: 63. Hot and a bit smoky in the mountains before rain and thunderstorms move through in the afternoon. Storms today will likely not be severe but heavy rain, lightning, and small hail are all possible. We'll likely stay dry overnight as spotty storms after 10 pm are more likely up by El Paso County.

WOODLAND PARK: High: 80; Low: 52. Warm and smoky today with rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon and overnight hours. Daytime storms will stay non-severe, but heavy rain, lighting, and small hail could fall in a few bigger storms. There will be a chance for more spotty showers and storms between 9pm to 12am.

TRI-LAKES: High: 80s; Low: 50s. Much like Colorado Springs, we'll be warm and smoky before rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Storms could be strong with small hail and heavy rain, but severe chances are on the low end. A second passing of non-severe storms between 10pm to 2am is possible tonight.

PLAINS: High: 90s; Low: 60s. Very hot today and breezy before late day and evening thunderstorms move in. Storms could be strong to severe today, especially from Crowley to Otero, northern Bent, and Kiowa counties... but the severe threat even in those counties remains low.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High: 90s; Low: 50s. Hot with scattered storms possible in the mid to late afternoon, but the bulk of the rain will stay west into the mountains. Severe weather is not expected at this time.

Extended Outlook:
We're going to be hot and mostly dry on Friday, but a few spotty weak storms could develop in the mountains west of I-25. We'll stay very hot over the weekend with mid 90s in Colorado Springs and Pueblo reaching up near 100 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. Next week will start hot and dry before we start to see rain come back by Wednesday.