Our April air is going to feel much more like July over eastern Colorado as highs soar to 85 and even 90 degrees on Tuesday! The average high for this time in April is 63 degrees, but our weather will feel more like early summer again tomorrow. Tuesday's record high is 85 set back in 1949 and should be bested by at least a couple degrees. Temperatures will remain well above average through Wednesday.
Plenty of Heat, Not Much Rain
These warm temperatures will bring a chance of isolated thunderstorms to some parts of the state in the late afternoon. The storms will have very little moisture associated with them, so gusty winds and some lightning are about all that can be expected. Any rain that forms will not be enough to ease the fire danger.
A RED FLAG WARNING will be in effect Tuesday for the northwestern third of Colorado. The winds will pick up a bit on the western slope tomorrow and that combined with the heat and low relative humidities will be a concern for firefighters.
At present, there are no fire alerts in effect for the Front Range or Eastern Plains, but fire danger does remain a concern due to the warm and dry conditions.
Changes Later This Week
The weather will stay quite warm on Wednesday, just ahead of an approaching storm system. Cooler and more unsettled weather will move into Colorado by Thursday and will continue into the weekend.
The current state snowpack numbers are dismal! The warm and dry spring has dropped the average snowpack over Colorado to 35% of the normal. A year ago, we had the equivalent of 17 inches of water in the mountain snow, as of Monday afternoon, this year's snowpack has less than 6 inches of water. We need some good soggy storm systems - until then be very careful with fire and only use the water you need!
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