Record-flirting warmth to let go, but gently so

Felt a little hot under the collar last week?

Four days in the high-80s and one day that hit 90 degrees will do that. All tied hot temperature records in the Grand Valley.

The good news is we won’t be punished by the lingering summertime warmth with a drastic thrust into autumn’s freezer. While there’s a chance some moisture is moving into the area, temperatures will be cooling this week to the high 70s, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

“It won’t be so warm in the next few days, but we’re not looking for that big plunge,” said John Kyle, data acquisitions manager at the National Weather Service.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday tied heat records in the Grand Valley. Tuesday was the toastiest, hitting 90 degrees at 3:49 p.m. That tied a record with that same day in 1963. In 2009, on that day, the temperature measured 85 degrees.

Normal temperatures this time of year are in the mid-70s.

Having a run of several days in a row of temperature records is unusual, Kyle said.

The sun isn’t as intense, but lower angles of the sun rays seem to make it feel hotter than usual, he said.

Other temperatures that tied with records last week included Wednesday’s 89 degrees at 3:57 p.m. That record was set in 1989.

Thursday hit 89 degrees, again, at 4:35 p.m., which also tied 1989. Friday’s high of 87 degrees at 4:45 p.m. was one degree shy from a record set in 2009.

While many folks had the day off Saturday, temperatures crept to 87 degrees at 4:15 p.m., tying a record set in 2000. But by Sunday, the gap clearly widened. It hit 83 degrees at 2:49 p.m., three degrees short of a record set in 1963.


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