DENVER - The late summer hot spell continued across Colorado this afternoon as temperatures soared into the upper 80s to low 90s in Denver and across the eastern plains. The official high at DIA hit 89 degrees, four shy of tying the record of 93, set in 1895. Greeley hit 91 degrees, while Fort Collins reached 90 degrees. The hot spot was in Lamar with a high of 94 degrees.
Tonight will be very mild and pleasant as there is not enough moisture in Colorado to support any showers. Skies will be mostly clear and the lows will be about 10 degrees warmer than average for mid-September. In the Denver area, readings will not drop much below 60 degrees by sunrise.
A change is coming in the weather as a cold front is moving toward Colorado from the northwest. This front is not particularly powerful, so temperatures will be cooler, but still quite pleasant this weekend. The front will not arrive until later in the day on Friday, delaying the cooler readings and the rain chances until closer to evening.
It appears that the tropical moisture leftover from Hurricane Odile will not impact Colorado. Satellite images show that all of the clouds and rain associated with what is left of the storm will stay well to the south of our state. The only moisture will will see this weekend will be in association with the cold front.
Rain chances will be about 20% both Friday and Saturday and then increase to 40% for Sunday and Monday as an upper air disturbance moves into the central Rockies from the west. By Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, drier and warmer conditions will return to the region.
Autumn officially starts on September 22 and the color displays are coming on strong in the northern and central mountains. We have created some nice resources for you to plan your trip to find aspen gold!
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