Another weekend with above average high temperatures as a high pressure system continues to dominate our weather. This high will keep the dry and warm temps locked in place at least until mid-week. By Wednesday, we could see a stronger disturbance move in to the state and that could spark some light showers in the northern mountains and northeast. It may not be a lot, but we will take what we can get for now. We’ll keep you posted.
Dry weather, gusty winds, and very warm temps made for a high fire danger on Sunday afternoon. Fortunately, the fire danger has gone down Sunday night, but the winds will remain very strong until early Monday morning. A wind advisory continues for the counties in yellow until 4am Monday morning for gusts of 50-55 mph. The winds will be much lighter by Monday afternoon.
But, it looks like the fire danger won’t go away anytime soon. More dry weather is expected for much of the state over the next week.
On Saturday about 14 record highs were broken in New Mexico. Those areas that broke records include:
Chama/Santa Fe/Socorro/Gallup/Carrizozo/Ruidoso/Las Vegas/Tucumcari/Clovis Roswell/Deming/T or C/Hobbs /Carlsbad
Albuquerque tied the record high of 70° that was set back in 1996.
More record highs will likely be broken or tied this afternoon.
Today was another day with temps climbing 15° to even 30° above average for this time of year. A ridge continues to dominate our weather bringing dry, westerly winds into the state. So more of the same is on the way for Sunday. But, tomorrow strong gusty winds return to parts of New Mexico creating a very high fire danger. Much of central New Mexico is under a Red Flag Warning through Sunday Evening.
Temperatures will climb 15-30° above average for much of the state this afternoon after a cool start. Albuquerque will likely break a record high temperature this afternoon. The forecast high for today is 73°, our record is 70° that was set back in 1996. Records could be broken once again on Sunday.