The week of July 29th began with a bright and sunny Sunday with highs reaching into the mid 70’s. Monday was much the same with sun and clouds and highs in the mid 70’s. A breeze kept it feeling cooler and some showers crept in during the evening hours. Tuesday morning saw some showers but the forecast for rain did not come to pass although clouds filled the skies for most of the day. It was humid with highs in the high 70’s. Wednesday promises a mix of sun and clouds with a possibility of thunderstorms in the evening. High should be in the low 80’s. Thursday should be mostly cloudy with the threat of thunderstorms early in the day and during the mid afternoon hours. The highs should again be in the low 80’s. The temperatures will drop on Friday into the high 60’s and the skies will be cloudy all day. Rain is possible throughout the day. Saturday will have intervals of clouds and sun and the highs will be back into the mid 70’s. No rain is forecast for Saturday. 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!