The dog days of summer are here, and if we’re as fortunate as some are forecasting this will be the only long-term stretch of highs above 100 degrees. I’ll certainly be happy if that pans out.
A large area of high pressure is centered over the region, with the only ripple in the flow being a relatively weak cold front that bisects Nebraska and angles into the Rockies. The area of clouds in New Mexico is largely unrelated, as it is driven by a trough at the surface that’s moving retrograde, or west instead of east.
General forecast trends are to bring that front slowly south and either stall it along the Nebraska/Kansas line, or to push it a little south of I-70 before it stalls or washes out. So there are small chances of rain mentioned as a possibility for late Sunday into Monday.
But by and large, there’s nothing standing between us and the sun and we’re going to feel it. Standing air temps will rise well into the triple-digits, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see heat index values toward middle of next week in the 115-degree range.