Hot and mainly dry pattern to continue

12:30 PM, Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The good news: 1) This week will be a little less hot than this past weekend. 2) There may be enough moisture by Thursday and Friday for a small chance of afternoon thunderstorms.


The bad news: 1) No substantially cooler or widespread wet weather appears to be on the way. 2) If thunderstorms develop Thu or Fri, some may be the dry kind with more lightning than rain.


Looking ahead: It appears that a major heat wave may be developing by next week for the central U.S., and the Front Range region may very well be within the west side of the heat wave area. One thing we could hope for is that the center of the heat wave shifts a little east and allows some moisture from the tropical Pacific to move into the Colorado region later next week (a pattern known as the North American monsoon). But right now it appears we should be ready for more hot and dry weather next week.

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