Daytime temperatures across the Western Slope have been running 5 to 10 degrees above average, approaching the century mark on Sunday and Monday. The temperature was forecast to reach 100-degrees in Grand Junction on Monday, tying the record for that date. The extreme heat is forecast to start backing off a bit Tuesday and drop by several degrees to seasonal norms by week’s end.
Grand Junction based National Weather Service Meteorologist Tom Renwick says hot and breezy conditions will prevail for the duration of the week in advance of the official arrival of summer. Renwick says some relief for the summertime heat blues may arrive in the form of monsoonal moisture starting in July, but the precise beginning of ‘Monsoon Season’ is almost impossible to predict.
Renwick adds that the high pressure aloft that has turned temperatures up, will continue to push eastward across the Great Plains bringing hotter than normal temperatures to that sprawling region as well.