More of the same for Steamboat Springs today: hot and dry

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— Daytime high temperatures that are flirting with all-time records for Steamboat Springs will continue through the week. Today’s high is expected to reach 91 degrees.

Another red flag warning has been issued for Steamboat Springs and greater Routt County. Dry conditions, a low relative humidity and gusty winds will once again create ideal conditions for wildfire. There is a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms today, but little or no rain is expected to accompany the potential lightning and wind storms.

The extended forecast for Steamboat Springs shows a slight dip in temperature on Wednesday, with a high of 86 degrees, before a return to the low 90s that have been commonplace for the past week. No measurable precipitation is in the extended forecast from the National Weather Service.

The Yampa River where it flows under the Fifth Street Bridge in downtown Steamboat was moving along at just 55 cubic feet per second early Tuesday morning. The historic average flow for June 26 is 1,140 cfs.

The low water conditions already have resulted in mandatory water restrictions for residents in the Steamboat II Metropolitan District. Similar restrictions could be coming soon for Mount Werner and city of Steamboat Springs water district customers.

On Monday, several water groups reached an agreement to lease water from Stagecoach Reservoir and release it downstream to try to boost flows in the Yampa River through Steamboat. However, it’s not expected that the additional water will restore recreation on the river, which was halted last week in an effort to protect the river and its ecosystems.

Also Monday, fire restrictions were elevated to Stage 2 on the Routt National Forest, effectively banning all sources of open flame. Similar restrictions are expected soon for Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs as officials try to minimize the chance of human-caused fires.

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