Weather for the week of July 16th

The week of July 16th begins with a mostly sunny Sunday with highs reaching into the low 80’s. Monday will be partly sunny with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and highs in the high 70’s. Tuesday’s forecast is much the same with the threat of thunderstorms and highs reaching 80. Wednesday will be partly sunny and humid with highs in the low 80’s. The rest of the week is much the same. Thursday will bring highs reaching into the mid 80’s with some sun and possible thunderstorms  in the afternoon. Friday will have highs just reaching 80 and the possibility of showers in the afternoon. Showers are also possible on Saturday when highs  will be in the mid 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!

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