First triple-digit day puts heat on Junction

By EMILY ANDERSON
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The wind and the rain finally yielded to sunshine this summer and helped Grand Junction hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit at 3:21 p.m. Friday, marking the city’s first triple-digit temperature of the year.

The average first day of 100 degrees or more in Grand Junction is July 2. But that doesn’t make this summer abnormal, said National Weather Service meteorologist Megan Schwitzer.

“It is later, but we’ve certainly seen later,” Schwitzer said.

The latest Grand Junction has hit 100 degrees in a year is Aug. 8. The earliest is May 29.

And, Schwitzer added, “We’ve had 41 years that we have not hit 100 degrees” in the 116 years the National Weather Service has recorded temperature data for Grand Junction. The last year without a 100-degree day was 1993, she said.

High temperatures are projected for the rest of the weekend. The high could reach 100 or beyond both today and Sunday.


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