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Dangerous heat burns in western Colorado

Dangerous heat burns in western Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) – Dangerous heat is building in Western Colorado and will last all weekend.

Head of Consulting

A heat warning is in effect from Friday 10am to Saturday 9pm for the Grand Valley. This includes Grand Junction, Fruita, Mack, Loma, Orchard Mesa, the Redlands, Clifton, Appleton, Palisade and nearby areas. Temperatures in the Grand Valley are expected to be between 100 and 106 degrees, with higher temperatures possible in some areas. High temperatures increase the risk of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Heat protection

Heat is the leading cause of weather-related death, with over 2,000 people dying from it last year alone. Staying hydrated and drinking water is important. Eating well is also important. Be careful not to overexert yourself outdoors. Stay in the shade as much as possible and take frequent cool breaks in the air conditioning. Be mindful of friends, family and neighbors, especially the elderly. NEVER leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle. The temperature inside a car can be comparable to that inside an oven.

The hottest weather is in the Grand Valley

Temperatures in the Grand Valley will rise to 38 to 40 degrees on Thursday, then to 39 to 41 degrees on Friday and Saturday. Temperatures will mostly stay at or above 21 degrees at night, so there’s little chance of cooling down without air conditioning and hydration.

No, thats not normal

We’ve occasionally received emails claiming this kind of heat is normal. We’ve been keeping weather records in Grand Junction since 1891. In the 48,578 days since then, there have only been 29 days of 104 degrees or more. That’s just 0.060% of the days in 133 years. That’s not seasonal, it’s not normal, and it’s dangerous. Temperatures of 105 degrees or more have only occurred 12 times – 0.025% of the days in 133 years. Temperatures of 106 degrees or more have only occurred three times – 0.006% of the days since 1891. We’re getting hot. Triple-digit heat happens. But it’s not just triple-digit heat, and it’s not normal. “Normal” is within a few degrees of 95 degrees.

Our next 24 hours

This evening will be mostly clear and very warm. It will cool from near 38 degrees around Grand Junction and 32 degrees elsewhere around 6 p.m. to 32 to 32 degrees by 8 p.m., then to 22 to 27 degrees by 10 p.m. Temperatures will stay around 21 degrees most of the night, with a brief 15 degree dip just before sunrise Thursday. Morning lows will be 19 degrees around Grand Junction, 14 degrees around Montrose, 16 degrees around Delta and 12 degrees around Cortez. Thursday will be mostly sunny and hot. It will warm from 21 degrees at 7 a.m. to near 32 degrees by 11 a.m., then to 33 degrees and 38 degrees by 3 p.m. Highs will be 39 degrees around Grand Junction, 38 degrees around Delta, 35 degrees around Montrose and 35 degrees around Cortez.