NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Record and near-record heat were felt across New Mexico Monday. Critical fire danger also returns Tuesday for much of the state.
Temperatures have climbed to record and near-record high temperatures this afternoon across New Mexico and southern Colorado. Winds were light Monday though for many, keeping the fire danger down, however that is short-lived as critical fire danger returns Tuesday.
Highs will climb back into the 90s and 80s for most Tuesday, with breezy southerly wind and low relative humidity. There is a chance Tuesday afternoon for isolated showers and thunderstorms across our area, with a better chance for rain in northeast and far eastern New Mexico. The rest of the state will have a chance for dry thunderstorms and virga showers, that will produce gusty, erratic winds. All of these factors combined will lead to elevated and critical fire danger Tuesday. Critical fire danger will shift to eastern New Mexico on Wednesday.
A cold front will sweep across the state by Thursday morning, bringing cooler temperatures. Even a chance for near-freezing temperatures in the valleys of western and northern New Mexico Thursday morning. Warmer weather returns by Friday though.