DENVER (CBS4) – A large ridge of high pressure is expanding from the southwest all the way to the Great Lakes. The ridge is centered smack dab over the Four Corners area. This high will slowly be transitioning eastward bringing in hotter temperatures and drier air into the region through Tuesday.
Denver’s record high for Sunday is 98 degrees and DIA managed to warm up to 96. Just 2 degrees away from tying that hot record temp. There have been a few thunderstorms in the mountains and foothills producing lots of lightning and a few isolated areas of rain. Estes Park for example saw pea size hail and over a half-inch of rainfall during Sunday afternoon.
There are signs that the North American Monsoon may begin to get going for Colorado in the middle of the week ahead. This is an annual reversal of the wind flow pattern that can bring up more moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, Mexico and the Gulf of California. Typically, this pattern can show up in the central Rockies in mid to late July on average. Arizona and the Southwest part of the nation have already seen some of this monsoon moisture begin to bubble up.