Saturday, 15 May 2021

High temperatures in Denver will flirt with 100 degrees this week

A heat wave is upon Colorado and wide areas of the state are under a red flag warning for fire dangers.

In Denver the high temperature on Tuesday is expected to hit 99 degrees, before a slight cool down on Wednesday with a high temperature of 96 degrees, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Thursday in Denver will be sunny with a high temperature of about 96 degrees, then Friday, Saturday and Sunday are forecast to top out at 100 degrees.

There’s a 20% chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday in Denver, according to the weather service.

Weather this week in northeastern and north central Colorado will be hot and dry. Fire danger will be high on Tuesday and Wednesday with increasing winds in the mountains, high valleys and over the Eastern Plains. Critical fire conditions are expected in Jackson and Grand counties, the weather service said.

Temperatures will climb into the mid- to upper-90s, with some spots hitting 100, and above, across the plains and along the I-25 corridor this week.

A red flag warning for fire danger is posted from noon Tuesday until 8 p.m. for portions of northeastern Colorado including Sterling, Akron and Limon. Hot weather, winds gusting to 35 mph and humidity readings in the low teens will drive fire concerns. “Conditions will be favorable for ignition and rapid growth and spread of fires,” the weather service said.

Widespread parts of the mountains and Western Slope are also under a red flag warning for fire danger including Steamboat Springs, Vail, Aspen, Grand Junction and Durango. The entire length of the Colorado/Utah state line, from Wyoming to New Mexico, is under the warning.


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