Sun, mild temps up for summer kickoff festivities in Summit County |

Sun, mild temps up for summer kickoff festivities in Summit County

Special to the Dail/ Bill Linfield

It’s on track to be a weekend of sunshine, 70-degree days and starry nights for the Colorado BBQ Challenge in Frisco, Kingdom Days in Breckenridge and outdoor festivities that mark the official start of the summer season in Summit County.

Almost as if special ordered for the upcoming events, forecasts are calling for the always unpredictable High Country weather to be pleasant through at least Sunday with mostly sunny skies and limited chance of precipitation before Monday.

With temperatures expected to climb into the upper 80s or low 90s throughout much of the weekend on the Front Range, the High County likely will see temps in the low 70s and upper 60s during the day, with 40s or high 30s overnight, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service.

Friday is expected to be warm and breezy with a southwest wind of 10-15 mph. The wind will likely keep up into Saturday, picking up in the afternoon when gusts could reach 25-30 mph. Father’s Day, on Sunday, is on track to see sunshine and a high of 67 degrees.

It’s unclear whether the warm spell and clear skies will continue into next week, weather watchers said.

“The next two weeks we could see some systems like little short waves move through that could bring some precipitation,” NWS meteorologist Kari Bowen said. “Right now we’re kind of having this little ridge over us, so we are just a bit warm.”

The warmer temperatures combined with low humidity, wind and more people in the county enjoying the outdoors could also precipitate an increase in fire danger.

After several days without substantial moisture, the risk of wildfire is currently rated moderate, well below the very high and extreme ratings in place at this time last year. But fire officials are still asking the public to be cautious.

“We’re getting into summer now and we always dry out before the monsoon rains hit,” Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue spokesman Steve Lipsher said. “It’s certainly not out of the question that we may see high (danger ratings) within a short period of time. We’ll just ask that people be exceedingly cautious and vigilant with fire.”

Local fire officials say wildfires burning around the state are evidence that there are not enough resources to stop a blaze from becoming destructive if weather conditions are right.

The onset of very high risk wildfire weather in Summit County will be noted with red-flag warnings.

Fire officials and weather forecasters are asking the public to be very careful with flames, including campfires and cigarettes, in vegetated areas this weekend. Lipsher said campfires need to be soaked in water multiple times and should be cool to the touch before they can be safely left unattended.

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