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First day of summer will be a hot one in Steamboat area

Workers with Rocky Mountain Asphalt lay fresh asphalt on Oak Street.Working outside is about to become a little toastier with warm weather moving in Tuesday.
Matt Stensland

The first day of summer is going to be a hot one in the Steamboat Springs area.

The summer solstice officially occurs at 10:24 p.m. Tuesday, and according the Steamboat meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs, a ridge of high pressure will be moving into the area during the day.

Temperatures will soar to 87 degrees Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

On the Front Range, temperatures could reach triple digits. In Grand Junction, it could get up to 103 degrees.

The projected high temperature on Wednesday in Steamboat is 86 degrees followed by 83 degrees Thursday.

The late-week cooling off can be attributed to a storm in Canada that will move cool air to the south, Weissbluth said.

On Wednesday, there is a small chance of afternoon storms, but Weissbluth said the storms would bring more wind than rain.

There is disagreement in the computer models about when cooler air will move into the area over the weekend.

“After that, both models agree on a building ridge of high pressure over the Intermountain West by the second half of the weekend, which will bring a return to hot and dry conditions heading into the next work week,” Weissbluth said.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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