Areas around the Northern Mountains were pounded by heavy rain on Saturday and more heavy rain is likely this afternoon and tonight. Flash flood watches have been posted for Northeastern New Mexico. These run from lunch time until midnight today.
A cold front is going to bring a surge of moisture into New Mexico. Eventually, this moisture will find its way into Central New Mexico thanks to strong canyon winds in the Rio Grande Valley. You will feel the winds picking up around dinner time and they’ll last into night here in Albuquerque.
This front will trigger more scattered storms across the entire state on Monday and then a series of systems will spark even more storm chances for the rest of the week.
Ten cities in New Mexico hit the triple digits while four set new record highs. They’re shown in the map above. Albuquerque came close to its record of 102° by topping out at 100°. Temperatures were almost 10° above average or more for many areas in New Mexico.
However, a cold front will bring immediate relief late tomorrow into Monday. This will trigger widespread storms in Northern New Mexico and a better shot for scattered storms on Monday statewide. Along with the rain chances will come a drop in high temps. Temperatures will be slightly cooler on Sunday then they will fall to more seasonable highs or even below average by mid-week!
High pressure is hanging out over New Mexico today. That means it will be drier and extremely hot! Highs will get close to 100 around Albuquerque while many areas like T or C, Socorro, and Roswell will hit the triple digits. So be sure to drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks, and don’t leave the kids or pets in a hot car.
There’s a chance for some spot storms today. But, they’re going to be limited to the higher terrain. The weather will change quickly though on Sunday. A cold front will move in from the northeast and it will bring in moisture, rain, and cooler temperatures.
Get ready for one more really hot day before big time changes roll into New Mexico. Highs on Saturday will top out in the high 90s in the Albuquerque metro area and 100+ degrees across most of southern New Mexico. High pressure that’s helping to heat up New Mexico will head to the west on Sunday. That movement to the west will allow a lot of moisture pile into the state Sunday and all through next week.
In fact, a parade of backdoor cold fronts will keep deep moisture across most of New Mexico through next week. Some model show that we could pick up 5″+ of rain across the northern mountains and northeast portion of the state. Even here in the metro area the rain numbers should be impressive with over an inch possible over the next seven days.
No one day may deliver a huge rain amount but a series of five and six days with occasional rain accumulation could help us wrap up July with very good rain totals.
It will be quiet once again today with dry and warm conditions across the state. High pressure will continue shifting across New Mexico through Saturday. This will limit storms to the higher terrain and heat up the state. Saturday will be our hottest afternoon with highs in Albuquerque reaching mid to upper 90s. Much of the south and east will meet or exceed the century mark.
During the day Sunday, the high shifts west out of the state, allowing for a back door cold front to enter the northeast. This push of moisture, combined with afternoon heating, will help kick off storms over the northeast and Northern Mountains Sunday afternoon. The front continues westward, an east canyon wind will develop in the metro.
Storms continue early next week as moisture gets recycled from Sunday’s front. Another stronger front will sweep across the state on Wednesday. This front will deliver deeper moisture and push all the way to the Continental Divide. This surge of moisture will juice the atmosphere enough to keep storms going through the end of next week.
It will be hot and dry Saturday before a front brings moisture in Sunday.