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Weather Watch: Arid atmosphere to move to more moisture in Craig

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

The high summer temperatures aren't about to stop for Northwest Colorado, but some humidity later in the week may change up the climate a little bit.

Readings are likely to remain in the low 90s to start the week off, according to the National Weather Service forecast for Craig. The heat can be attributed to a high-pressure system's effect on the region, said Grand Junction NWS Meteorologist Matthew Aleksa, who added that it also has brought a secondary outcome.

"The last few days, there's been some moisture slowly increasing from day to day," he said Sunday afternoon. "Since then, we've had some thunderstorms forming in the higher terrain in the afternoon and then drifting off into the valleys."

The system's eastward movement from the Four Corners site throughout this week will bring a "surge of subtropical moisture" by late Wednesday and Thursday, which NWS expects will increase the chances for wider storm conditions.

"The storms last week were mostly producing a lot of gusty winds, but now we're starting to see some brief periods of fairly heavy rain," Aleksa said.

Estimates for precipitation are difficult to ascertain so far, but the higher the elevation, the greater the odds are for rain.

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"It's going to be better in the mountains just because that's where it will form initially," Aleksa said.

The moisture trend is expected to continue through Friday and possibly the weekend, bringing the temperature into the high 80s with lightning, winds and moderate rains should the storms continue, Aleksa said.