DENVER - Thunderstorms developed earlier on Thursday and moved through the Denver metro area with a bang. A strong cell moved through the northern metro area around 1 p.m. and dropped about one inch of rain in thirty minutes. Some streets flooded briefly and there was quite a bit of lightning.
Temperatures across most of the metro area and eastern plains soared to the 90s - Denver reached 98 degrees. The storms did offer brief relief from the heat, but it made for a humid atmosphere after the rains passed to the east.
Friday will be a similar hot day with temperatures back in the 90s at lower elevations and upper 70s to the 80s in the high country. Another round of thunderstorms will develop on Friday afternoon and there will be a better chance in the evening ahead of a cold front that will move into northern Colorado.
The cold front will not be a strong one, but it will bring down temperatures a little for Saturday and Sunday. Highs will be in the upper 80s to low 90s over eastern Colorado and in the 70s in the mountains. The Western Slope will stay hot, with highs in the mid to upper 90s.
By Sunday, highs will drop a few more degrees with readings mostly in the 80s on the plains and upper 60s to mid 70s in the mountains. Most of the thunderstorms will develop over the higher terrain this weekend, with lower rain chances on the eastern plains.
The cooler air will continue into early next week with temperatures staying about 5 degrees below average for late July. To the east of Colorado, the Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes states are expecting a very cool period for late July as northerly winds bring some air down from central Canada!