We added a few degrees to our high temperatures from Saturday. Albuquerque reached near 90°, Santa Fe 85°, and Roswell hit the triple digits. Parts of southeast NM broke their highs this afternoon. A ridge of high pressure is parked right over New Mexico this evening. This is the main culprit for our hot temps and calmer wind gusts. But beginning this evening, our ridge shifts east and will allow the stronger afternoon wind gusts to return. We’re also seeing some moisture squeeze into northeast NM thanks to a wind shift. These higher dew points and stronger breezes will continue pushing westward tonight. So expect some canyon winds into the ABQ metro area come early Monday morning. You’ll notice a difference with the moisture throughout the morning. This sets the scene for scattered PM showers and storms east of the Sandia. Some of these will be stronger closer to Texas in Harding and Union counties.

The moisture exits our state late Monday night as stronger west winds push the smoke east as well. We’ll hold on to the high heat through the middle of the week as a powerful trough/storm develops to our northwest. This will swing a stronger cold front through the state bringing our temps closer to average for mid to late May. Wind gusts will continue to increase each afternoon culminating in 50-60+ mph for northern New Mexico Thursday afternoon. We’ll continue our active pattern for the Pacific Northwest which puts us in the high wind and fire danger category through this extended forecast.