Summer heat was on high Monday across Colorado and the central plains! Denver topped out with a high of 97 degrees, the hottest day of the year so far. The normal high for this date in 90 degrees, and the record is 98 degrees, set in 1964. This marked the 20th day of 90 degrees or higher this summer.
The hottest weather in the state has been over the southeast plains. Lamar soared to 102 degrees, La Junta 101 and Pueblo 100 degrees.
Isolated thunderstorms developed in the heat, but there was not much moisture for the storms to build on, so the main threat has been wind and lightning. La Junta did manage to drop from the upper 90s to the mid 80s with the passage of a brief thunderstorm.
The weather will change on Tuesday as a cold front will move through the state by morning. This front will not bring much moisture to the area, but it will bring a 10 to 15 degree cool down. Expect mostly sunny skies and very few afternoon thunderstorms.
Wednesday looks to be pretty perfect. Morning lows will drop into the low to mid 50s in Denver and across much of the eastern plains, while the mountains will enjoy lows in the low to mid 40s!
The weather will stay pretty dry and generally sunny, but there may be some smoke and haze in our skies. The air mass covering the Rockies will have roots in western Canada and the Pacific Northwest and may contain a fair amount of smoke from the various western fires.
Aside from some potential air quality issues, expect hazy, sunny skies and highs in the mid 80s...perfect weather for late July.
By Thursday, temperatures will begin to warm a little as the core of the cooler air mass begins to ease to the east of Colorado. Highs will climb back into the upper 80s to near 90, but rain chances will still stay rather low.
Friday through the weekend will be good old summertime weather across the state. Highs will return to the low 90s on the plains with 70s to low 80s in the mountains. Skies will be mostly sunny through the morning with widely scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.
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