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Warm Saturday with isolated PM gusty showers, more near-record heat Father's Day

High temperatures Saturday in southern Colorado
Posted at 7:02 AM, Jun 15, 2024

Today’s Forecast:
Generally nice weather is ahead Saturday with the heat engine back on across the Centennial State. Mainly clear skies start the day with a few lingering clouds on the Eastern Plains. Upper level moisture and energy is on the way in from the west, but the air near the ground today will be fairly dry - and the energy is fairly spread out. Combined, you should expect a few isolated mountain showers and weak t-storms this afternoon over the central mountains into the Front Range, with those storms then moving as usual over I-25 and east to the plains. Over the corridor, these isolated showers will mainly produce gusty breezes. If you do see one, it'll be short lasting - it's a nice, but warm to hot day with highs in the upper 80s to mid 90s.

Sunrise today is at 5:33AM, and sunset at 8:26PM. Fun fact: we're now past our earliest sunrise for the year, which was on June 13th. From here on out, sunsets will get later until early January next year. Our longest day - the summer solstice, is on Thursday, June 20th.

Colorado Springs forecast: High: 89; Low: 56.
If you're headed to the Juneteenth festival at America the Beautiful Park, you'll have beautiful weather - but it will be quite warm so bring the water bottle! Remember...if you're thirsty, you're already starting to become dehydrated. Mostly sunny with isolated showers and storms possible today between 12:00PM and 5:00PM - only a 20% chance. If you see one, it'll produce gusty breezes, but we'll struggle to see moisture reach the ground with dry low-level air. South winds at 5-10 mph.

Pueblo forecast: High: 96; Low: 57.
Sunny and hot! Skies might look a bit dark off to the west this afternoon. Any shower or storm that makes it to you today is most likely to contain some gusty winds, and that's about it! Bring the water and avoid walking near the Arkansas River which remains under a flood warning in the Avondale area amongst other locations. Southeast winds at 5-10 mph.

Canon City forecast: High: 92; Low: 60.
Sunny and hot with a weak chance for a late morning to mid-afternoon shower or thunderstorm. If you see a storm, it'll be a garden variety spring/summer storm - short lasting, a pocket of moderate to heavy rain, and gusty breezes. Odds are only 2 in 10 that you see any rain fall from the sky at your home. Avoid the Arkansas River, it remains under a flood warning.

Woodland Park forecast: High: 79; Low: 49.
Mostly sunny until around 11:00AM. A few puffy clouds and chance for a rain shower or isolated thunderstorm this afternoon. If ya do see a storm, it'll be "garden variety" - but could contain some gusty winds and potentially very small hail. Your odds of seeing one between 11:00AM-4:00PM are 3-in-10 today. West winds at 5-10 mph.

Tri-Lakes forecast: High: 80s; Low: 50s.
Mostly sunny and warm, with isolated showers and thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. A storm or two could contain notable winds, with most activity being garden variety with gusty breezes. It's a nice day overall. West winds at 5-10 mph.

Plains forecast: High: 90s; Low: 60s.
Hot and sunny for the most part. Very low end chance for a late-day shower, near sunset, except for Baca county which has a chance to see an afternoon shower or storm, which may be strong with locally damaging winds and hail to potentially 1" (quarter sized). This is a very low end concern today - if you do hear thunder late this afternoon, be ready to pop inside. Southwest winds at 10-15 mph.

Walsenburg and Trinidad forecast: High: 88/89; Low: 56/58.
Sunny with a 20% chance of thunderstorms after noon- garden variety and short lasting if you see one. Most spots will not. West winds 10-15 mph.

Mountains forecast: High: 70s; Low: 50s.
Sunny this morning. A 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms after noon. Garden variety, weak, short lasting, and spotty in nature. If you've packed the rain jacket in your hiking backpack, you're good to go.

Extended outlook forecast:

A hot Father's Day is on tap for southern Colorado as high-pressure noses north. Mainly sunny skies with triple digit heat in the Arkansas River Valley and Eastern Plains, with mid-90s in the Pikes Peak Region, 80s in the foothills. It'll be a modestly breezy afternoon with dry, downslope southwesterly winds due to a low pressure system to the west. We may see a few afternoon clouds, but it's generally a dry day. Records will be threatened once again, mostly in the Arkansas River Valley. Monday remains quite toasty with an increase in downslope breezes and continued dry conditions.

A cold front will arrive Tuesday morning, providing some relief from the heat and bringing in more moisture. I expect this to lead to a weak chance for a shower or storm during the afternoon, favoring the mountains with a weaker chance on the plains and regions north of highway 50. Highs should be about 10 degrees cooler than Monday.

Wednesday and Thursday bring in better moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, turning us more unsettled with chances for afternoon showers and storms across southern Colorado. ____

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