Feeling hot, hot, hot in Fort Collins on Wednesday

Austin Harley

Tuesday felt like a hot one all across northern Colorado, but Wednesday is looking even warmer. Some may be wondering whether this heat is breaking any records. Forecast models and guidance say no, but temperatures will approach the record high for September 17th. Any way you look at it, it’s going to be hot (especially for mid-September)!

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I thought about including another closet planner for the day, but I assumed that seeing the day planner would be good enough. Was anyone really planning on wearing something besides shorts and t-shirt? It’s sunny and ninety degrees people, c’mon! Bust out those flip-flops, and don’t forget your water bottle.

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With a strong ridge (dry, warm airmass) slowly passing over the region, we will continue to see more conditions reminiscent of the quickly-closing summer. The sun and warmth is expected to hang on through Friday. A bit more moisture moves in behind the ridge as it moves eastward Saturday – this brings slight chances for a weak afternoon thunderstorm. Don’t let that ruin your plans – the start of the weekend still looks great!

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Sunday and Monday are a different story. The dry airmass will be east of Colorado, and significant moisture makes a return to the forecast. Sunday looks like the lead in to an even wetter Monday. By the time classes begin next week, heavy rain will be in the forecast for a majority of the day. Thick cloud cover will blanket the area on Sunday and Monday, and that will hold temperatures in the 50s and 60s. We’ll be keeping an eye on it. Follow us here or on our twitter (@ctv11weather).