Hot and dry with light winds - record heat likely again

Posted at 5:03 AM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 20:45:13-04

Today’s Forecast:
The forecast today is going to involve record heat and more elevated fire danger. The sun will be full today and we'll see more smoke and haze against the mountains. The winds should stay light across the region, but the humidity will drop as the day goes on.

Incline Fire Conditions:

There have been gusty weather conditions overnight around Manitou Springs and by the Incline Fire. Temperatures around Manitou will likely be in the lower 80s this afternoon at their maximum, falling into the lower 50s to upper 40s by Saturday morning. The winds should stay fairly light today around the fire, but the humidity will drop quickly in the late morning and afternoon as the heat picks up. Firefighters will want to work quickly today, as the winds look much stronger over the weekend with continued low humidity.

COLORADO SPRINGS: High: 86; Low: 49. Sunny, hot, and hazy today with light winds and low humidity. The current heat record is 82 degrees.

PUEBLO: High: 90; Low: 43. Very hot with light to calm winds and low humidity. The skies will be sunny but hazy when you look west. The current heat record is 89 degrees.

CANON CITY: High: 88; Low: 53. Hot and hazy against the mountains with sunny skies and light winds. The humidity will be very low this afternoon.

WOODLAND PARK: High: 76; Low: 43. Warm and sunny with hazy skies and the occasional light wind gust this afternoon with low humidity.

TRI-LAKES: High: 70s; Low: 40s. Hot and dry with light winds and low humidity. We could see some haze, mainly out against the mountains this afternoon.

PLAINS: High: 90s; Low: 40s. Hot and dry today with light winds and very low humidity. Fire danger remains elevated despite the light winds.

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High: 80s; Low: 40s. Warm and hazy at times with light winds and very dry air.

Extended Outlook:
The forecast is going to be bad for fires over the weekend as the winds increase on both Saturday and Sunday. We'll see highs a few degrees cooler on Saturday than what we see today, and then another degree cooler by Sunday. The winds will be strongest on Sunday, first in the afternoon, and then overnight as a cold front comes through. Monday looks cooler with highs in the 60s and 70s, but there is no rain or snow expected across southern Colorado through next week.

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