The week of July 2nd began with a bright and sunny Sunday with highs reaching into the low 80’s. On Monday it was even warmer with plenty of sun and highs in the mid 80’s. There was some rain overnight. Tuesday was sunny all day with puffy white clouds and highs in the mid 70’s with high humidity. Wednesday will be mostly sunny and nice with the highs just reaching 80. By Thursday the temperature will drop with the highs just reaching 70 and there may be an afternoon thunderstorm. Friday will be mostly cloudy in the morning with the possibility of early afternoon thunderstorms and highs in the low 80’s. Saturday will pleasant with sunny intervals and a high in the low 70’s. Getting wet in a shower may be refreshing but getting caught in a thunderstorm is no joke. When lightning begins to strike seek shelter under a rock overhang or in a lean-to or other building if possible. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can 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!