Weather for the week of May 14th

The week of May 14th began with a bright and sunny Sunday with highs reaching 60 degrees in most places. The wind began to pickup during the evening and remained in the double digits throughout the night. The forecast for Monday includes morning showers ending around noon. The highs should reach into the mid 50’s on Monday but the wind will continue to hit velocities just below 20 mph. A warming trend on Tuesday will send temperatures into the low 70’s with plenty of sun. The trend continues into Wednesday with highs in the low 80’s and plenty of sunshine. Thursday will be even warmer with highs in the mid 80’s but with increasing humidity also. The highs on Friday will drop back into the low 70’s with a chance of an early morning shower. On Saturday the highs will be in the low 70’s with clouds and sun.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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