WEDNESDAY: Expect temperatures to top out well into the 50s, 60s and 70s across the state, rivaling current records. Sunshine and high clouds will blanket the state. Winds, although out of the northwest to start the day, will turn more southerly by late afternoon, ranging between 5-15mph.
THURSDAY: As an area of high pressure shifts over and east of the state, we can expect another day of dry conditions and record-breaking temps. Most of western and central NM will climb into the 50s, 60s and 70s while those within the Eastern Plains can expect afternoon highs to soar into the low to mid-80s. Despite the comfort of Thursday’s warm up, the above average temps (in combination with low humidity and gusty winds) will increase fire danger – particularly over eastern NM. Gusty winds will be a huge factor in the increased fire danger as wind gusts are likely to peak +50mph over the higher terrain of northern NM and surrounding lower elevations.
FRIDAY: We’ll finish the work week with increasing cloud cover and slightly cooler temperatures. (But even with the cool down, temperatures will still remain well above average.)