The week of September 24th began with a sunny Sunday with highs for the day in the high 80’s. Monday will be much the same with highs reaching into the high 80’s. On Tuesday the air temperature will drop slight into the low 80’s but the humidity will increase making the resulting air feel much warmer. Temperatures will drop into the high 70’s on Wednesday with the chance of an afternoon shower. The trend will continue on Thursday when the highs will reach only into the high 60’s. By Friday the temperatures will be more seasonable with highs in the mid to low 60’s but with plenty of sun. Clouds move in on Saturday but there will be some sun with highs in the low 60’s and a chance of afternoon showers. Remember that getting a sunburn or an overexposure to the sun’s UV rays is possible even in the fall. Protect t yourself at all times. 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!