Wednesday, 17 Jul 2024

Denver weather: Potentially record-breaking heat brings increased fire danger

Denver residents can expect more hot weather as the work week starts before rain and thunderstorms bring cooler temperatures for the weekend.

Temperatures are forecast to reach 99 degrees in Denver, which would break the city’s 2007 record high of 97 degrees, according to the National Weather Service office in Boulder.

High temperatures will gradually decrease throughout the week with a high of 94 on Tuesday, 91 on Wednesday and 89 on Thursday. Overnight thunderstorms are expected to cool temperatures to a high of 76 on Friday, with temperatures remaining in the low to mid 80s through the weekend.

The metro and most of the northeastern plains also are under a heat advisory from noon to 8 p.m. Temperatures near the Kansas border could reach 102. Residents should drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms when possible, stay out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors, the weather service advised.

The same areas also are under a red flag warning from noon to 7 p.m., as relative humidity as low as 13% and southerly winds from 10 to 20 mph create conditions that would increase fire activity. Residents should avoid outdoor burning or any activity that could produce a spark, the weather service stated.

Residents in the mountains west of the Continental Divide may see isolated light showers.

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