Warm weather continues through the week in Steamboat
Steamboat Springs — Summertime in Steamboat Springs is in full swing.
Seasonably warm temperatures are expected to continue through the first half of the week, with some isolated moisture throughout the region, forecasters are predicting.
Temperatures topped off at 82 degrees last Thursday and Friday before rising to a high of 86 Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
The temperatures were several degrees shy of flirting with any existing high temperature records of 94 degrees on June 26, 92 degrees on June 27 and 90 on June 28.
High temperatures are expected in the mid-80s through the work week, with evening lows in the upper 40s to low 50s, according to the NWS’s forecast for the region.
“Things are going to be relatively dry and still going to be warm with mild evenings like the last week,” said Megan Stackhouse, a meteorologist with the NWS’ Grand Junction office.
A 10 to 20 percent chance of thunderstorms and isolated showers is predicted each day and night through Friday.
The warm weather over the last week was caused by the fringe of the same weather ridge bringing record warmth to states in the northwest part of the country, according to Mike Weissbluth, a forecaster who runs the http://www.snowalarm.com website.
“Some moisture moving around the periphery of the ridge will continue the threat of afternoon storms through Tuesday as temperatures stay seasonably warm to hot,” Weissbluth said in a forecast Sunday afternoon.
Weissbluth said there is a possibility for afternoon storms Wednesday with drier air the second half of the week and for July 4.
He expects a stronger Pacific Northwest storm to bring cooler air during the later part of the weekend, with the possibility of cooler weather and showers by Sunday or Monday.
The rising temperatures and slowly drying vegetation around Steamboat led the Routt County to increase the fire danger level from moderate to high last Tuesday, according to Bob Struble, emergency manager and director of the Office of Emergency Management in Steamboat Springs.
Struble warned that residents should be particularly careful with the use of fireworks leading up to Saturday’s July Fourth holiday.
“It looks green right now, but it’s drying out fast. People really need to be cautious with the fireworks,” Struble said. “People need to be cautious this weekend.”
Struble said to use designated or improved fire pits when camping and to make sure fires are put out completely when done burning.
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