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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - We’ve been warm for a while, but that stretch will be coming to an end fairly soon. It was still warm today though, with highs in the mid to upper 80s once again. Our record high today in Grand Junction is 89 degrees, so we were very close to that this afternoon. We’ll see more of the same on Saturday, with highs again in the mid to upper 80s. Winds will pick up a bit into the afternoon today and Saturday, and with the dry conditions expected, fire danger will be elevated today. Red Flag Warnings are in effect for parts of the area today, and will continue into Saturday. Those winds will be out of the southwest, so they will keep us warmer through Saturday.

Those winds will shift out of the northwest during the day on Sunday as a cold front passes through. This front will likely not bring any much-needed rain, but it will cause our temperatures to fall. Highs Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s - possibly even cooler if the front passes through earlier in the day. We’ll be even cooler on Monday, with highs in the upper 60s and low 70s, despite sunny skies. We should stay sunny through next week, and we will start to warm back up. Highs Tuesday will climb back into the mid to upper 70s, and we should see more of the same through the rest of the week - perhaps even reaching 80 degrees in a few spots by Wednesday.

If you’re hoping to get up to the Grand Mesa to check out the leaves, this is the weekend to do it, as colors are near their peak right now. With the winds picking up a bit Friday and Saturday, some of the leaves could come down by then. Still though, the color should be beautiful, and this weekend will almost certainly be the last weekend to see them at their peak. Temperatures on top of the Grand Mesa will be cooler, of course, with highs in the low to mid 60s through Saturday. It will cool down by Sunday though, with highs back into the low 50s. It’ll be even cooler Monday, with highs in the mid to upper 40s. Have a great Friday!

Meteorologist Nikki Sheaks

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