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Weather Outlook – the Week Ahead

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Another warm, sunny day is in store for Sunday in Kiowa County, with a high in the mid-70s before dropping to the upper 30s overnight. Wind will increase overnight, potentially gusting to 30 miles per hour.

Showers and thunderstorms are possible overnight into mid-morning Monday. Up to a quarter-inch of precipitation is possible, potentially more in thunderstorm areas.

Monday will be noticeably cooler as a cold front backs into the area, with a high in the mid-50s, dropping to the low 30s overnight. Winds will decrease to around 10 mph.

Weekend Weather Outlook

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Warm, dry days and cool evenings are in store across the weekend for Kiowa County.

Highs will be in the low to mid-70s Friday through Sunday. Winds will remain light, 5-10 miles per hour, through most of the period - with slightly stronger 15 mph wind Saturday afternoon.

Overnight, temperatures will be in the lower 40s Friday and Saturday, and falling to the upper 30s Sunday night.

Drought Conditions Continue Expanding in SE Colorado

Colorado Drought Map

Warm and dry early spring conditions continued to expand the area impacted by drought in southeast Colorado over the past week.

All of Baca and Prowers Counties are now in moderate drought. Kiowa and Bent Counties had smaller areas in drought last week, which has expanded to cover most of Kiowa and essentially all of Bent.

Drought continued to expand in Las Animas County, and now also impacts eastern Otero County.

High Fire Danger Tuesday Across Southern Colorado

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The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Tuesday (April 5, 2016) from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. for much of southern Colorado including Kiowa County to due high fire danger. The warning replaces the Fire Weather Watch that was previously in effect.

In addition to Kiowa County, all or large portions of Fremont, El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano, Las Animas, Crowley, Otero, Bent, Prowers and Baca Counties are under the warning. The San Luis Valley and neighboring counties in Oklahoma and New Mexico are also included.

Weather Outlook – the Week Ahead

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Another week starting with a Fire Weather Watch

High temperatures for the week will be mainly in the 70s starting Sunday, reaching the mid to upper 70s Monday and Tuesday.

Along with the warmer weather, winds will be gusting to 30 miles per hour during the day Tuesday and increasing to 45 mph over night - leading the National Weather Service to issue a Fire Weather Watch from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Weekend Weather Outlook

National Weather Map

Another dry weekend is in the forecast for southeast Colorado and Kiowa County - and once again fire alerts will be possible early in the week.

Friday (April 1, 2016) starts off cooler and windy, with a high in the low 50s and north wind 10-20 miles per hour.

Five to 15 mph wind is expected Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s. Overnight lows will be 30s.

Monday continues the warming trend with a high in the low 70s, and Tuesday will approach 80.

Drought Expands in Colorado

Colorado Drought Map

While the overall area considered "abnormally dry" decreased slightly in Colorado over the past week, the area in low-level drought increased.

According to the March 29 report, all of Prowers County and most of Baca County are in moderate drought. Drought also increased in eastern Bent County and a small sliver of southeast Las Animas County.

Fire Weather for Southeast Colorado, Kiowa County - Again

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UPDATE: as expected, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Warning covers all the counties under the Fire Weather Watch mentioned in the original article, and adds Crowley, Lincoln, Otero and portions of Elbert and Las Animas  Counties. Winds will be out of the south gusting as high as 50 miles per hour and relative humidity as low as 11 percent. All outdoor burning is strongly discouraged.