It's a beautiful start to the day, with temperatures now in the low 70s across denver, with a mix of sun and clouds. The overall pattern will turn warmer and drier as we head into the weekend.
The wet weather in the Denver area has pushed our monthly rainfall total to 3.85 inches, that is 50% above average for the month of July. For the year, Denver has recorded 12.38 inches of precipitation, about 2.75" above the 30 year average to date. We are nearly 5 inches ahead of where we were at this time in 2013.
The atmosphere is calming down a little, but there will still be enough moisture and instability in the air to keep a chance for showers and thunderstorms in the forecast for the weekend into early next week. We do not expect much of a severe weather threat, just rain and lightning - but pay attention to the skies nonetheless!
Temperatures will continue to run a little cooler than average for the next 5-7 days, thanks to all of the humidity. The energy from the Sun will go into evaporating surface moisture and creating cumulus clouds each day, so there will be less heat available to push temperatures higher. The normal high for early August is 90 degrees and the Denver area will fall about 5-7 degrees shy of that through the weekend.
Rain chances will be a little lower this weekend with only about a 5-10% chance Saturday and Sunday. By early next week, another weather disturbance will move into the state and increase the chances for showers and thunderstorms once again.