DENVER - We are getting a little dose of summer in late October! Though it is a cool and comfortable start, our afternoon highs along the Front Range will soar into the 80s. We expected record-breaking heat this afternoon with a high of 83 degrees. The previously set record was 80 degrees back in 2011.
Mostly sunny skies will prevail through the day today. We may see gusty winds along the Foothills the afternoon with sustained wind speeds near 15 mph and gusts to near 50 mph at times. Winds may be a bit breezy along the Front Range, but not nearly as gusty as out west.
Tonight will be quiet and mostly clear. Lows will drop into the 40s along the Front Range and Plains, and 20s and 30s in the mountains and Foothills.
That warm air continues into Saturday as a ridge of high pressure is still our dominating weather pattern. Record-breaking highs are expected again for tomorrow as we are forecasting a high of 81. The previously set record was 80 degrees back in 2007.
Finally by Sunday we get some relief. An upper-level low pressure system will quickly sweep through the state and bring some much cooler air with it. We will go from highs on Saturday in the 80s, to highs in the 50s by Monday. There is a slight (20 - 30%) chance of showers with this front on Sunday afternoon and early Monday morning.
Looking ahead to Halloween, it appears that the weather will be cool, but dry for the trick or treaters!