The week of August 13th begins with a sunny Sunday with highs in the low 70’s and low humidity. Blue skies with white, billowing clouds dominated the day. Monday will be partly sunny and nice with highs in the high 70’s. On Tuesday the forecast calls for thunderstorms in some places in the morning with cloudy skies. The storms should move put by late afternoon and the highs will be in the high 70’s. Wednesday will mostly sunny and beutiful with highs reaching into the high 70’s. The rain returns on Thursday with increasing clouds and the possibility of clouds in the morning and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Friday there will be periods of sun with highs in the mid 70’s but with a chance of showers. On Saturday the highs will top out at 80 degrees with periods of clouds and sun. 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!