A plume of tropical moisture is flowing into the area from Arizona and Mexico. This latest surge of the "Summer Monsoon" will spread showers and thunderstorms over much of western Colorado today, with locally heavy rainfall likely.
We'll see partly cloudy skies across northern Colorado this morning, with more scattered storms and showers this afternoon. It will be about 10 to 15 degrees cooler today. We'll see highs in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees by 3 p.m.
A Flash Flood Watch goes into effect at 3 p.m. this afternoon and it covers all of southeastern Colorado including Colorado Springs and Pueblo. The slow moving thunderstorms will drop heavy rain through tonight.
By Friday, this most recent round of "tropic thunder" will begin to ease off to the east of Colorado and the rain chances will drop heading into the weekend. As is typical of this area in late July, there will still isolated storms developing each afternoon, but the rain chances will fall back to 20% or less.
Temperatures will bounce back into the upper 80s to 90s next weekend with the increase in afternoon sunshine. In the mountains, isolated storms and reading in the upper 70s to low 80s can be expected for the last weekend in July.
Looking ahead to early August, the long range forecasts are showing another round of moisture laden monsoon thunderstorms early next week. These storms may be further charged with moisture due to the addition of a couple of tropical depressions that may form off of the Baja Peninsula in the next 5-7 days.
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