There are two big stories in the weather department today: heat and smoke. Under a ridge of high pressure, we'll see the hottest air of the week today with highs in the 80s and lower 90s across the lower elevations. The winds will be fairly weak today, and fire danger is generally low.
Smoke will filter in from the currently burning west coast fires and should become much more dense in the afternoon. Air quality will take a dip over the next few days, so limit your time outdoors if you suffer from breathing problems or are sensitive to bad air quality.
Here's a loop of the smoke. We'll notice it become more dense through the day. Most of this smoke is coming from our west coast fires. Nearly 5 million acres have burned across the west coast, and we'll see Colorado smoke filter down as well pic.twitter.com/qFSEOzbm69— Sam Schreier (@SamASchreier) September 15, 2020
COLORADO SPRINGS: High: 87; Low: 53. Hot with a light breeze and increasing smoke especially in the afternoon.
PUEBLO: High: 92; Low: 51. Hot with light winds and increasing smoke especially in the afternoon.
CANON CITY: High: 90; Low: 57. Hot with light winds and increasing smoke in the afternoon.
WOODLAND PARK: High: 78; Low: 47. Warm and breezy at times with increased smoke in the afternoon.
TRI-LAKES: High: 70s; Low: 40s. Warm with a light breeze and increasing smoke especially in the afternoon.
PLAINS: High: 80s; Low: 50s. Hot with light winds and increasing smoke especially in the afternoon.
WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD: High: 80s; Low: 50s. Hot and breezy with late day and evening smoke.
Smoke will likely stay dense in southern Colorado over the next several days. We'll be dry and warm through the end of the week with a small rain chance early next Monday.