Weather for the week of April 30th

The week of April 30th began with a bright and sunny Sunday with highs reaching 60 in many places. On Monday the day was foggy in the morning but cleared a little in the afternoon with highs reaching the mid50’s. Rain moved in for Tuesday and hung around most of the day with highs reaching only the low 50’s. The rain finally ended early on Wednesday but there were some scattered showers in places into the early afternoon. The day finally cleared with sun in the afternoon. There was a stiff breeze throughout the day and highs in the mid to high 50’s. Thursday the temperature rose into the low 60’s with some sun but cloudy skies in most places. The forecast for Friday includes rain throughout the entire day with temperatures in the low 50’s and winds in the mid double digits! Saturday seems to be looking like more of the same with scattered showers throughout the day and highs in the high 50’s. The wind on Saturday will be in the single digits.    When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. Clothes that have pit zips are great and layering with non-cotton materials are a must for the varying temperatures. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can be tricky as you may be used to cooler temperatures but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

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