Exceptional drought has returned to Colorado for the first time since early 2019.
Fire danger and thunderstorms are expected in Colorado Saturday.
All of eastern Colorado is at risk for severe thunderstorms, strong wind, large hail and tornadoes Friday afternoon.
Dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa is blowing across the Atlantic Ocean into the southern United States.
Colorado's Drought Task Force and Phase 2 of the State Drought Mitigation and Response Plan were activated this week as drought conditions deepen.
While extreme drought was stable in Colorado this week, moderate and severe conditions continued to advance in the northeast portion of the state.
Areas of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas are under a severe thunderstorm watch Monday afternoon.
Desert locations are likely to have the most brutal conditions, surpassing 110 degrees Fahrenheit for several days this week in places like Phoenix and Needles, California. Death Valley is forecast to reach 120 F one or more times in the coming week. Expect a warm week in drought-plagued southwest Colorado, too.