The week of August 27th began with a sunny Sunday with highs in the high 60’s and low humidity. Blue skies with white, billowing clouds dominated the day. Monday will be much the same with periods of sun and clouds and highs reaching to just 70 degrees. On Tuesday it will be mostly cloudy with highs in the mid to high 60’s. Wednesday brings partly sunny skies and highs getting to 70 degrees. Thursday will be pleasant with some sun and slightly warmer temperatures reaching into the low 70’s. Friday will be sunny but cooler with highs in the low 60’s. Saturday will be mostly sunny and warmer with highs will be 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!