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For the first time in Colorado’s history, excessive heat warnings have been issued.

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This week, a massive area of high pressure, or a dome of heat, is expected to bring record-breaking temperatures to most of Colorado. As the week progresses, daily, monthly, and all-time highs are likely to fall.

We expected June to be hotter and drier than the previous few months, and it looks like we’re ready to deliver on that promise. From Monday afternoon until Friday afternoon, an Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for the Grand Junction and Nucla districts of Western Colorado. In Colorado, this is the first time an Excessive Heat Warning has been issued. In 2017, an Excessive Heat Watch was issued for a comparable area, and heat advisories have only been issued for a portion of Colorado three times (in 2008, 2017 and 2020).

Because we have such dry air here, it’s more difficult for heat to build up to dangerous levels, which is important to remember as we prepare for another round of triple-digit temperatures. A brief note: yes, we have a “dry” heat here, but it makes no difference when temps are this high – it may be as harmful as a “wet” heat.

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The approaching heat wave will peak on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but temperatures across the state will be above normal for the entire workweek.

This week, Grand Junction expects high temperatures to reach 105 degrees on many occasions. The warmest temperature in Grand Junction in June was 105 degrees, and the warmest all-time record high was 106 degrees. This week, both of these records are in threat.

The NWS in Boulder is anticipating temperatures near or over 100 degrees for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, which will likely break daily temperature records.

Weather records in Denver
On Tuesday, Denver set a new high of 97 degrees. The temperature is expected to reach 100 degrees. On Wednesday, Denver set a new high of 96 degrees. The temperature is expected to reach 99 degrees. On Thursday, Denver set a new high of 98 degrees. The temperature is expected to reach 98 degrees.

On Tuesday and/or Wednesday, temperatures in Boulder, Fort Collins, and other Front Range communities are forecast to reach 100 degrees, perhaps breaking records.

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Remember to drink plenty of water as the temperatures climb, take frequent breaks if you’re working outside, and don’t leave animals, children, or the elderly in cars for any length of time during this period of extreme heat. In this type of weather, the temperature inside a car can easily soar to 120 degrees.

It is never a good idea to lock a toddler, a disabled person, or a pet in a car. Lock your cars, even in your own driveway, if you have a youngster in the house. Kids can die in 10 minutes if they play in automobiles or go outside and get into a car. #cowx #LookBeforeYouLock pic.twitter.com/ktoZt4SRXK #cowx #LookBeforeYouLock

June 12, 2021 — NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder)

Subtropical moisture is forecast to flow into the region for the rest of the week, although rain will be difficult to reach the surface in certain regions due to the dry and hot weather we’ve been experiencing. Virga and strong outflow winds will be more likely. Our regular July pattern of afternoon thunderstorms is expected to return by Friday and linger at least through the weekend.

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Mountain places have a better chance of experiencing thundershowers, but the chance of helpful rain isn’t looking promising. Dry thunderstorms are possible this week, and lightning may be the cause of new wildfires due to the massive stress on vegetation that is going to occur. Another thing to keep an eye on.

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