Overview: The dog days of summer are here so wild swings in the weather aren’t typically observed. It looks like the heat is settling in with just some spotty showers and thunderstorms helping to cool the air at times.
Today: An Air Quality Alert is in effect for El Paso County until 4:00 PM due to stagnant air and trapped pollutants. We’ll be partly cloudy this morning, then hot and a bit hazy this afternoon with spotty showers and thunderstorms mainly over and near the mountains. Thunderstorms aren’t likely to be severe today with frequent lightning and gusty wind likely with most storms, but slow moving storms could produce brief downpours for some areas and any storms will help to cool the air some at least temporarily. High temperatures will reach the 90s to lower 100s for the plains, mainly 70s and 80s for the mountains and mountain valleys.
Tonight: Any showers or thunderstorms will wind down this evening with the sky gradually clearing through the night. By morning the air should have cooled into the 60s for the plains with mainly 50s over the mountains.
Extended: Showers and thunderstorms will probably be a little more numerous on Sunday before gradually decreasing in coverage next week. The air will remain hot with afternoon temperatures routinely in the 90s to lower 100s for the plains, mainly 70s and 80s for the mountains and mountain valleys. The storms that do develop over the next several days aren’t likely to be severe, but they will be slow moving which could mean that spotty areas will receive downpours that could result in some localized heavy rain. Should a stronger, slow moving cell interact with any of the local burn scars we could expect flash flooding to be a possibility, but for most areas the storms will produce more wind and lightning than rain and bring some welcome, although temporary relief from the heat. Storms will be pretty scarce Wednesday and Thursday do those days may be the hottest for many areas. A weak cold front may take the edge of the heat and increase storms again a little by Friday.