After another mild day on Thursday, a cooler air mass will settle in across Nederland and the northern Front Range foothills Thursday night and Friday. Winds will swing around from the northeast between noon and 2 PM Thursday afternoon as the cold front pushes southward from Wyoming. Moisture and cloudiness will increase during the afternoon hours. Along with this will be an increase in showers and thunderstorms. Once again the winds in the mid and upper levels the atmosphere will be blowing strong from west. As a result, any thunderstorms which form over the foothills will be quickly pushed onto the Eastern Plains. This will spare Nederland and the surrounding foothills communities from the heavy rains which can accompany summertime thunderstorms.
By Friday morning, temperatures will be in the mid 40s with some fog possible. However, this fog will quickly burn off as the late June sun takes command of the sky. After another cool start on Saturday morning, temperatures will quickly moderate over the weekend and into early next week, with daytime highs by Sunday in the mid to upper 70s.
Models are hinting at a disorganized disturbance in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere passing across Colorado on Monday. Weak lift with this system associated with strong daytime heating and marginal amounts of moisture may result in some isolated showers and thunderstorms Monday afternoon and evening. Otherwise, Tuesday, the Fourth of July, looks drier and warmer with temps in Ned in the upper 70s to near 80 F.
Looking a bit farther down the road into the middle of next week, some of the long range weather forecast models, such as the ECMWF are showing a hot ridge of high pressure becoming entrenched over the Western United States. If this happens, expect very warm temperatures in Ned by Wednesday and Thursday of next week.
Summer is here! Fortunately, it is not hard to stay cool in Ned.