Rain, rain ... here to stay. It seems like we can't break out of this wet weather pattern.
The daily dose of downpours across much of Colorado is due to a steady monsoon flow of moisture from the southwest. This pattern will continue to govern the weather in Colorado through at least midweek.
Showers and thunderstorms will first develop over the mountains and foothills and drift eastward toward the Interstate 25 corridor by mid-afternoon. Storms will linger through the evening, with gradual clearing overnight.
Given the moisture content, the heavy rain could lead to flooding in spots. With the ground already moist from recent rain, flash flooding can occur quickly in the spots usually prone to flooding and where storm drains are clogged.
Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible. Some storms may become severe on the eastern plains with large hail and gusty winds. There is a Flash Flood Watch in effect for most of the western slope through Tuesday afternoon and early evening.
At least the thickening clouds and afternoon rain will cool things off briefly. The extended outlook shows some drying by Wednesday. By the end of the week, the temperatures should be back into the low- to mid-90s with the chances of thunderstorms dropping back to only about 20 percent each day.
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