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Hot temps and thunderstorm chances in the afternoons

Posted at 4:08 PM, Jul 13, 2019

SOUTHERN COLORADO — If there was ever any question, summer is definitely here! A ridge of high pressure has been parked over the 4-corners area and baked Colorado for the past few days, and will continue to do so for the next few. In the past day or so, moisture has seeped into the ridge, amplifying mountain thunderstorm chances. But, because we are under a ridge and have no forceful steering currents from winds aloft, the thunderstorms quickly grow, drop the rain, then decay. In concurrence, we ‘recycle’ that rainfall each day with afternoon thunderstorm chances since there is no directional winds.

Tonight, mountain showers and thunderstorms will come to an end and we’ll be left with mostly clear skies and mild overnight lows in the 50s and 60s. Sunday will once again start off with clear to mostly sunny skies, giving way to afternoon thunderstorm development in the mountains. The better chances will be for the Palmer Divide and the high country, where as the Eastern Plains will remain hot and dry. High on Sunday will once again top off near 90 for the Springs, upper 90s for Pueblo and near 100 for the Plains.

Thunderstorm chances will hang tough for Monday and Tuesday as well before dry air works back into Colorado. Once it does on Wednesday, there will be few clouds to shield us from the afternoon heat, making for great days at the pool and reservoirs! This weather pattern will be with us clear into next weekend.