Wet week forecast for much of state

Sunflowers grow along the Rio Grande near Pilar on Friday. New Mexico’s northern mountains and western half of the state will have the best chances for daily thunderstorms this week. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

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New Mexico is expected to close out a wet July with another rainy week.

Daily rain and thunderstorm chances will be concentrated in the state’s western half and northern mountains, said Scott Overpeck, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque.

“We still need to be on our toes with the heavy rainfall threats with flash flooding,” Overpeck said. “Especially in our areas that have already seen a lot of rainfall, it won’t take much for … the arroyos to fill up really quickly.”

Albuquerque is expected to have a high of 90 degrees Tuesday. The metro area has a 40% chance of rain.

Chama, Taos and Angel Fire all have a 70% chance of rain Tuesday. Those areas will likely have highs in the mid-70s to low 80s.

Wednesday’s high in Albuquerque is forecast to be 92 degrees, and the city has a 30% chance of rain. On Thursday, the metro area is expected to have a high of 90 degrees.

Albuquerque’s rain chances will dip to 20% on Friday and Saturday. Highs are forecast to be 89 and 91 degrees on those days.

The monsoon pattern is expected to continue through the weekend.

“We could see potential of a … cold front slide into the area Sunday and Monday of next week,” Overpeck said. “That could continue our rain chances.”

Theresa Davis is a Report for America corps member covering water and the environment for the Albuquerque Journal.

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