Weather - Forecast

Jun 10, 2013 9:35 AM by Stephen Bowers

Intense heat set to take over Southern Colorado

Colorado Springs' record high today is 92, which was set in 1933. In 1953, Pueblo topped out at 101, reaching the record high for today's date.

This afternoon's temperatures could be 2-3 degrees warmer than those records, and with that record-breaking heat it's important to remember to drink more water to stay hydrated and eat well. If you will be outside, take it easy and don't try to overdo it. You should also take frequent cool breaks.

Hot high pressure over the Western Slope will push air up and over the Rockies and into low pressure over western Kansas. A big difference in pressure between that high pressure to our west and low pressure to our east will help drive a stiff westerly wind. For us, that is a warm and dry downslope wind that will add to the heat already present beneath the high pressure. With that, the concern returns for increasing fire danger. The National Weather Service has posted a Fire Weather Watch for much of the Southern Front Range and the Eastern Plains for Tuesday. That Fire Weather Watch could become a Red Flag Warning for Tuesday. 

The Fire Weather Watch for Tuesday includes southern and western El Paso County, Teller County, Fremont County, Custer County, western Huerfano County, Western Las Animas County, the Wet Mountains, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, eastern Elbert County, Lincoln County, and Cheyenne County.

While we will stay hot, the heat will relax slightly on Thursday and Friday and even more this weekend. Highs will be in the 90's on the Palmer Divide, including Colorado Springs, while many locations along and south of the Arkansas River will be 95-105 degrees through Wednesday.


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