Hot air comes to southern Colorado today with strong thunderstorms developing in the afternoon and moving southeast through the plains into the evening. Storms will start in the Pikes Peak Region, and likely grow strong quickly with strong winds of 50 to 60 mph and small to moderate sized hail (think nickle size) as the most likely threats. Dry skies will follow storms this evening with a mild evening as lows dip into the 50s and low 60s.
COLORADO SPRINGS: High - 87; Low - 57. Sunny and dry to start the day with thunderstorms moving through town in the mid afternoon. The strongest storms will probably fall just east of Colorado Springs but people living on Powers, by Falcon and Fountain could see some of the strongest storms. Heavy rain, strong winds of 50 to 60 mph, and hail up near nickels in size are all possible in storms later today.
PUEBLO: High - 95; Low - 61. Sunny and hot through the afternoon with a storm chance by the end of the day. The most likely area for storms is north and east of town, but if wind from storms up near Colorado Springs can generate anything in Pueblo, strong winds and small hail would be the big issue to worry about.
CANON CITY: High - 92; Low - 64. Sunny and warm into the early afternoon with a small chance for thunderstorms by the middle of the day. Storm chances are far better up towards Colorado Springs compared to Canon City, but we have enough ingredients over town that we can't rule out an isolated thunderstorm in the middle of the day. If we do get any rain, strong winds and small hail are the biggest threats.
WOODLAND PARK: High - 78; Low - 52. Sunny through the morning with an increased chance for clouds and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Storms do not look severe but lightning, small hail and some gusty winds are all possible.
TRI-LAKES: High - 80s; Low - 50s. Sunny and dry to start the day with thunderstorms developing in the mid afternoon. Storms could be strong quickly after they develop with heavy rain, small hail, and some strong wind as the biggest threats.
PLAINS: High - 90s; Low - 60s. Hot and dry through the afternoon but storms will slide southeast away from El Paso County across the plains through the evening. Severe weather is not expected but strong storms are possible, especially along and north of highway 50 early in the evening. Strong winds are the biggest threats from storms with 50 to 60 mph gusts possible.
WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High - 80s/90s; Low - 60s. Sunny and hot through the morning with some cloud cover into the afternoon. While storms are possible in the mid to late afternoon from Walsenburg to Trinidad, the more likely area for storms is east of I-25 into the plains.
Hot and dry skies are expected through most of the region on Tuesday with temperatures in the 90s and a few areas reaching 100 on the plains. Wednesday we're going to see plenty of heat, but with a few scattered thunderstorms in and just out of the mountains. Monsoon moisture arrives Thursday and Friday, giving us heavier and more widespread rain for the end of the week.