DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Forecasters say the monsoon in southwest Colorado could arrive later and be drier than average this summer.

The Durango Herald reported Thursday the monsoon typically arrives by mid-July, but weather patterns in the central U.S. indicate it might be delayed this year.

The monsoon is a period during the summer when thunderstorms are common in the afternoon.

National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Sanders says troughing is developing in the area where they usually expect a ridge of high pressure to move moisture.

He says troughing can cause drier air and shuts off moisture that produces storms in southwest Colorado.

The area could see above-average temperatures later this month as a result.

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Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com

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