Official reading at Weather Service ends 22 straight days of below freezing temps

There was a brief heat wave Friday. Did you feel it?

After 22 straight days in which the mercury failed to climb above 32 degrees, the temperature in Grand Junction edged above freezing Friday, hitting 34 degrees at 1:32 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

It was a longer freeze than Grand Junction residents are accustomed to experiencing.

The cold snap, which began on Christmas Eve, became the sixth-longest stretch of consecutive days in Grand Junction’s recorded history in which the high temperature was 32 degrees or below.

If you can’t remember, the temperature hit a high of 38 degrees on Dec. 23.

Grand Junction’s record for consecutive days that didn’t surpass the freezing mark was 32 days in 1962.

If you’re thinking of breaking out the tank tops and shorts, though, the National Weather Service will chill your warm thoughts. A weather inversion is expected to keep temperatures nippy throughout the weekend, with highs forecast at 31 degrees today and 32 degrees Sunday.

At least we can dream of one day peeling off our winter coats. Wet weather moves in early next week with high temperatures expected to be 36 degrees Monday and 39 degrees Tuesday.


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