The week of July 30th begins with a sunny and pleasant Sunday with highs in the high 70’s and low humidity. Monday will be mostly sunny and pleasant with highs reaching the low 80’s. On Tuesday the forecast is much the same as Monday with highs in the low 80’s with plenty of sun. Wednesday will be slightly cooler with highs just reaching 80 but with more sun. Thursday will be much the same with highs just below 80. There is a chance of an afternoon thunderstorm. Friday will be a repeat of Thursday with the possibility of thunderstorms in the forecast. Saturday the temperature will drop into the mid 70’s with showers and thunderstorms possible throughout the day. 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!