Weather warming up for camping

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Camping season is here, but even though the temperatures in the high country are warming up, you still need to be prepared.

We've had a hot few weeks, but our average temperature is still in the upper 70s, making the higher elevation even cooler.

But officials say it's just about right for the outdoor enthusiast to start camping.

"I'm not bothered by the cool weather. I kind of like the cool weather, but I guess I’m not a traditional snowbird, but I travel north and south,” said camper Chuck Pherigo.

For setting up camp and enjoying the outdoors, it’s just about that time, but depending on where you plan to pitch your tent, you're going to need to have the right supplies handy.

"Just being prepared for any weather conditions; just having warm gear at night. They should be just fine," said Kaselyn Butters, Highline Lake Ranger.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Joe Ramey agrees that if you have the right gear, temperatures won't be an issue as we head into June.

"It's going to be warm in the lower elevations. The mountains will be -- if you are prepared for it, if you have the equipment -- the mountains will be a great place to be in the upper 50s", said Ramey.

The upper 50s may be a little cool for some, but camping holds plenty of traditions that can warm you up, like building a campfire and checking out the stars.

"Memorial Day weekend typically is the beginning of what people consider the start of summer season, and camping is big part of that," said Chris Joyner of the Bureau of Land Management.

Weather forecasters say dry and windy conditions will be sticking around for the Memorial Day weekend, providing the right ingredients for fires to spread, and both BLM and NWS officials recommend not starting fires just to be cautious until conditions improve.

Forecasters also say we are going to be running around 5 to 10 degrees above average through Memorial Day, providing warmer conditions for any holiday camping plans.

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