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Warmer weather on the way for NM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Summer may finally be on its way to New Mexico.

For the first time this year, a high temperature of at least 90 degrees was reached at the Albuquerque International Sunport on Friday. That is the latest that has happened since 1999, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. And the temperature soared near 100 degrees in the usual hot spot of the state in Roswell.

Most state residents were given a reprieve the last couple of days as a backdoor cold front again brought unseasonably low temperatures and wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour. The temperatures fell back into the mid-70s in the Albuquerque area.

Don’t get used to it.

“If you’re wishing for cooler air to remain, it’s not going to happen,” meteorologist Kerry Jones said. “Things are going to rebound near average.”

For most of the state, that means temperatures in the upper 80s or lower 90s. The temperature in Albuquerque is expected to jump back up to 88 today and be back up to 90 by Friday. The temperature will bump from 72 on Monday to 91 today in Roswell, with the temperature reaching 100 by Friday. And Socorro is expected to be among the hot spots, with the temperature jumping from 80 to 92 today and staying in the 90s the rest of the week.

With the rise of temperatures comes a little calmer weather pattern. There is a risk of isolated thunderstorms in the northern mountains and in the eastern part of the state the next couple of days, but nothing like the active, severe pattern parts of the state have experienced in the previous two weeks, Jones and meteorologist Daniel Porter said Monday.

Shower activity should increase in the western and central parts of the state, with afternoon thunderstorms in the eastern part of the state Thursday.

“We’re expecting drier air from west to east across the state on Friday,” Porter said. “But we’re not anticipating critical fire conditions.”

Breezy to windy conditions are expected to accompany the drier air.

Another backdoor cold front is expected to move through the state over the weekend, increasing the risk of thunderstorms and bringing slightly lower than average temperatures to most areas.

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