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Week of warm weather expected for Yampa Valley

Temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees in Steamboat Springs this week.

— Residents and visitors can expect above-normal temperatures this week and only a slight chance for rain showers, according to Sunday forecasts from the National Weather Service and a local meteorologist.

Monday’s high is forecast to be 90 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

“It will be near 90 for Monday and Tuesday, and then, by the end of the week and into the weekend, we’ll go back down to the mid-80s,” said Matthew Aleksa, meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Grand Junction office. “There is drier air that’s moving in.”

Steamboat Springs meteorologist Mike Weissbluth said a very weak monsoonal pattern entering the area from south of the Yampa Valley Tuesday may increase the chance for some afternoon showers.

Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s high temperatures are forecast at 88 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Overnight lows this week are forecast in the upper 40s to about 50 degrees.

A hazardous weather outlook from the National Weather Service that began Sunday is expected to continue through Saturday and is related to monsoonal moisture expected around areas of eastern Utah and western Colorado but is unlikely to effect Steamboat, specifically.

Weather is expected to be dry and warmer than normal during the second half of the work week before the chance of moisture returns later in the weekend or during the first days of August.

“Longer-range models do have relief from the heat after next weekend, as more cool air is forecast to move into the Gulf of Alaska and produce an upper-level trough off the West Coast that may again allow monsoonal moisture to drawn northward over Utah and Colorado from western Mexico,” Weissbluth said. “The longest-range model I regularly view hints that this weather pattern may persist through at least the first week of August.”

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