Hot spell could push record today

The Grand Valley may see today’s record high temperature broken, but local meteorologists aren’t taking any bets just yet.

The record high of 98, set back in 1919, could be broken if the region doesn’t see any late afternoon clouds, said Tom Renwick, senior meteorologist in the Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service.

The office is predicting temperatures could reach 99 degrees, but the service also is saying there is a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

“It’s going to be very close,” Renwick said. “There’s not much change going on. No big fronts coming through, no ginormous changes whatsoever, so there is a chance we could certainly tie it, or break it by a degree or two. That’s not out of the question.”

Renwick said a high-pressure system is sitting on top of the region.

The Grand Valley came within two degrees of tying Tuesday’s record high of 99 degrees, also set back in 1919.

“It’s called compressional heating,” he said. “It just starts warming up the temperatures. We’re not getting the clouds, so the heating we’re getting is just directly warming things up.”

Temperatures in the rest of the region also were in the 90s, but not anywhere close to breaking any records.

“That high pressure has just been sitting over the desert Southwest,” Renwick said. “That was the one that was causing the drought and the really high temperatures in Oklahoma and Texas. It’s over the Four Corners now, and it’s been there for five days, seven days. It’s not moving.”


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