It was another chilly start to the day. We saw lows ranging from the 20s to the 40s. This afternoon will be sunny, calm and mild. Daytime highs will return into the low 70s for much of the area. Today, mostly sunny, mild, highs near 70°. Tonight, clear and cold, lows near 45°. Over the next few days winds will become more SW-W and this will help warm our skies. Daytime highs will return to the mid 70s and even 80s over the next few days.
A ridge of high-pressure will set up over the Southwest in the next few days. That ridge will take cold temperatures and start to boost them well above average by the time we get Wednesday and Thursday. The big story heading into Tuesday however will be the cold start to the day with temperatures across the state in the 30s and 40s. Highs on Tuesday will remain cool in the 60s and low 70s under a northerly flow. But Wednesday and Thursday will be a different story with the westerly flow pushing temperatures into the warm category.
Our next storm appears to be off quite a ways off likely late in the weekend and into the beginning of next week. Below is a look at our impressive if only temporary ridge.
After a cold start to the day we’ll see sunny and cool skies across the state. Daytime highs will hit the 50s and 60s in most locations today. There will only be a handful of 70s in far SW portions of the state. Tonight, temperatures will be even colder, nearly widespread 30s and 40s. So you’ll want to bundle up a bit more tomorrow morning. Our temperatures will become a bit more mild as we go through the day. Highs will return to the 70s. We’ll see even warmer skies Wednesday with mid 70s
We are watching a cold front that will be diving into the state on Sunday. Ahead of the front temperatures will rise above average into the mid to upper 70s for Albuquerque and the 70s along with the 80s in southern New Mexico. This front will not bring much in the way of rain, but it will certainly crank up the wind in central and northern New Mexico. Wind gusts will range from 40-50 mph Sunday afternoon with winds sustained around 20-30 mph at times. Due to the strong winds, a Wind Advisory has been issued for central and northern New Mexico from lunch time on Sunday until 9pm. Behind the front, temperatures will be 10°-15° cooler on Columbus Day.
After a couple of touch and go days for Balloon Fiesta, things will be looking up for the closing weekend. Scattered showers and high winds pose issues for the Special Shapes Glowdeo Friday evening. This is all thanks to a cold front sweeping across the state. Showers and wind will continue through around midnight.
The winds should die down early enough for a successful Mass Ascension Saturday morning. However, cooler air settling in behind the front will make for a chilly morning. Skies will clear throughout the day across most of New Mexico, but a few showers will still be possible, especially over the high terrain.
The weather stays quiet for the Farewell Mass Ascension Sunday morning before the winds pick up in the afternoon. This is ahead of the next storm system diving south out of Colorado. Showers will develop late in the day across the far northern portions of the state. Cooler air will also push in. After a modest warm up Saturday and Sunday, temperatures will drop by as much as 10° – 15° Monday.