Temperatures near-record highs this weekend

More like August than October

DENVER - The calendar says October, but the thermometer reads like August!

The weekend will be very warm and dry all across the region.  High temperatures will soar back into the upper 70s to upper 80s on the plains with 60s to low 70s in the high country.  Be careful with any burnable materials as the fire danger will be increasing in the warm, dry weather.

On Sunday, Denver could set or tie a record high!  The current record high on Oct. 11th is 85 degrees, set in 1996.  The normal high temperature for the date is 67 degrees.

The aspen gold has mostly fallen over the northern and central mountains.  There are still some pockets of color, but the best display is now in the San Juans, the Sangre de Cristo mountains and south into New Mexico.

Another weak and dry cold front will move across the state Sunday night. Monday will be cooler with clearing skies. Highs will drop back to the low 70s.  More warm and dry weather is due for the middle of next week as the high may jump back to 80 degrees by Wednesday.

The ski resorts are not happy with this warm and dry trend.  The lack of storms is not as big of a problem as the unseasonably warm temperatures.  The nights may get just cold enough to make a little snow, but the mild days will melt off most of the effort.  We are hoping for a change in the pattern to a cooler and wetter regime.

The longer range computer models are hinting at a significant change in the jet stream late next week and early in the following week. This may put us into a more favorable pattern for some chilly temperatures and snow - we will keep watching!

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