Dry and well above normal both Saturday and Sunday

Summer-like weather for the weekend

DENVER - A weak cold front is draped over eastern Colorado.  We're seeing a few light showers on the plains due to that. 

Skies will clear and temperatures will be a little cooler on Friday. Expect readings to be in the upper 60s to low 70s for lower elevations and in the 50s to low 60s in the mountains.  

The weekend will be mostly sunny, 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 may set a new record high!  The prediction is for 87 degrees, which would beat the current mark for Oct. 11th of 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 mostly 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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