It’s already off to a warm start atop the mountain this morning. We’re in a blender of haze, clouds, and sun that has most of the surroundings obscured. We should get to enjoy a mostly sunny front half of the day, especially once the sun burns off the fog in the lowlands. Later this afternoon and into the evening there is the chance for some thunderstorm development. Same as yesterday, depending on how big the storm cells get and where they strike could produce some heavy rainfall. Temps today should have no problem eclipsing 70 and judging by the forecast our overnight lows might stay out in the lower 60s. Expecting little air movement which will only help the humidity make things feel even stickier. Once we get past today, we have a couple of sunny days lined up.
Folks planning to tackle the mountain this week need to be extra cautious about prepping their bodies for the heat and humidity. That means eating plenty of balanced meals days in advance of your trek, and then staying hydrated and well nourished during the climb. Starting early and taking plenty of breaks along the way is wise as well, and why not with so many great views. Please don’t be the person who nibbles on a couple snacks the day before and then takes some energy chews the morning of their hike. This is setting your body up for failure in a dangerous way, especially if you aren’t used to climbing a mountain, covering long distances, or doing routine physical activities. Too often do our staff and the NPS have to respond to heat related issues that were completely avoidable to begin with. So please do yourselves and those around you a huge favor and take this weather seriously by preparing for a safe and enjoyable hike. Thank you!
Have a great day.