With extreme and exceptional drought continuing, western Colorado is now facing the prospect of temperatures reaching 110 degrees during the coming week.
Record-breaking heat is on the way to the Grand Junction area.
Fifty-one percent of Colorado is now free from all levels of drought and abnormally dry conditions.
The incidence of weather and climate disasters is increasing in the U.S., a trend due partly to climate change but also to human decisions.
A tornado watch has been issued for southeast Colorado counties.
Fifty-four percent of Colorado has moved into drought-free or abnormally dry conditions since the start of the year when 78 percent of the state was in extreme or exceptional drought.