Weather Watch: Craig will see a hot, dry 4th of July |

Weather Watch: Craig will see a hot, dry 4th of July

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— The sparks coming off a bundle of fireworks won’t be the only heat Northwest Colorado will see this Independence Day.

The temperature is expected to stay in the 80s for Craig this week, according to the National Weather Service forecast. As July begins, these summer-level highs may or may not be accompanied by some significant winds that recently have kept the region under a red flag warning because of gusts that could contribute to wildfires.

Matthew Aleksa, an NWS meteorologist out of Grand Junction, said the red flag status likely will not be in play during the week, though some lingering breezes from the past weekend could stick around Monday.

“At this point, we’re not expecting there to be another red flag for Monday,” he said Sunday afternoon.

Aleksa said other activity in the state — including some potential moisture in the Four Corners area and some chances for storms on the Front Range — may impact travelers depending on when they’re on the road, but for much of the week, the northwest quadrant will just be hot and dry.

“Your best chance for some moisture will be later in the week, maybe Thursday,” Aleksa said, discussing a system moving from Canada that may touch north of Craig but is unlikely to reach the town itself.

Conditions are expected to stay warm as the holiday weekend comes, with a high of 86 on the Fourth of July.

“It should be fairly dry, and that high pressure should remain in the area through the weekend,” Aleksa said.