Scorching heat wave blasts Colorado

By: James Hopkins Email
By: James Hopkins Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - A June heat wave will continue over Colorado through most of this week with the hottest temperatures on Monday when Grand Junction could experience record breaking heat.

The average high temperatures for Grand Junction for the first week of June is the low to mid 80s and for the third day in a row we've experienced mid to upper 90s.

Monday will bring a return of scotching heat, with the high temperature in Grand Junction forecasted to be 101 degrees and 99 degrees in Montrose. The record high for June 7 in Grand Junction is 99 set in 2002 and for Montrose is 93 set back in 1947. On Monday both Grand Junction and Montrose highs will should break those records.

In addition to the record breaking Monday, Tuesday will be close to triple digits and could also be record breaking days. The record for Grand Junction on June 8th is 98 and for Montrose is 95, both set in 1985.

The excessively warm weather throughout the entire state will continue the substantial snow melt in the mountains and therefore most rivers and streams will continue running high and fast. Denver could also break some records this week as temperatures climb close to triple digits.

Two flood warnings are in effect for Sunday for the Gore Creek and Eagle River in Eagle County and the Arkansas River in Fremont County. Minor flooding had been reported around Vail, Minturn, Gypsum and Canon City.

Flood advisories are in effect though 1:15 p.m. Tuesday for Larimer, Boulder and west central Weld counties. Excessive snow melt has caused minor flooding and high waters along the Cache La Poudre and Big Thomson River.

The heat will continue for most of the work week with temperatures in the upper 90s through Wednesday, mid 90s for Thursday then finally cooling down to the low 80s Friday and through the weekend. The weekend's heat break is due to an approaching cold front that will thicken clouds over the Grand Valley and possibly bring a stray shower or two.

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