Monday, 15 Aug 2022

Denver weather: Pattern shifts with cooler temperatures, more rain this weekend

The Mile High City had its fifth day in a row above 90 degrees on Thursday, the 33rd time in 2021 that the city has gotten that hot. Friday will push above 90 again for the 14th time in the last 15 days.

Relief from the heat is coming this weekend, and so too are storms.

According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, Denver will reach 95 degrees under mostly sunny skies. There’s a 30% chance of showers in the afternoon with wind gusts of 15 mph. The chance of thunderstorms increases to 50% after dark, with a low of 65 degrees. Rains will impact the high country with an elevated threat of flash flooding. Burn areas are susceptible due to increased moisture and slow-moving storms.

Friday’s air quality is poor for Douglas, Jefferson, Denver, western Arapahoe, western Adams, Broomfield, Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties.

The shift in weather will be noticeable Saturday as the high temperature will only reach 79 degrees. There’s an 80% chance of precipitation with showers and thunderstorms as early as mid-morning. Winds will gust near 20 mph, with the chance of rain persisting until midnight. The evening will be mostly cloudy, dropping to 63 degrees. The cold front means an elevated risk of flash floods that are not limited to burn areas.

Sunday will be a similar weather day with a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. It will be partly sunny with a high of 79 degrees. The overnight low will be 61 degrees.

The chance of showers and thunderstorms will decrease across the region early next week, but heavy rain will still be possible. There are currently no 90-degree days after Friday on the extended forecast.

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