Thursday Sets Record For Coolest High Temperature

Another Cool, Soggy Day For Colorado

It doesn't feel much like July in Denver.

Temperatures have been running at least 25 degrees colder than normal Thursday afternoon, with readings only in the upper 50s to low 60s. Those numbers are about right for the average high for the end of October, not late July. In fact, the high temperature reading in Denver for Thursday was 62 degrees, making Thursday's high the lowest EVER for this date! The old record for a cold high temperature was 66 degrees, set on July 30, 1925.

Perhaps you can get a T-shirt that says, "I survived the coldest July 30th in Denver history!" Perhaps, even better, get a sweatshirt! By the way, the coldest high temperature for any day in July is 53 degrees, set on July 10, 1895.

In addition to the cold, we have had SNOW! Snow has accumulated to a couple of inches in the northern mountains above 12,000 feet. A look at our 7NEWS camera at the top of the Loveland Ski Area has shown fog, rain and snow throughout the day.

Western Colorado has been a little better, with temperatures in the 70s and even some mid- to upper-80s in Grand Junction. Some of that warmer air will be coming our way for Friday as a warm front pushes across the state late Thursday night.

The temperatures should bounce back into the 80s over the Denver area for Friday afternoon.

There will be another cold front rolling into the state late Friday, so more showers and thunderstorms are expected Friday afternoon. Some of the storms may be severe once again, with strong winds, hail and heavy rain.

For the metro area, July has been another wet month. Denver has now accumulated a total of 3.52 inches of rain, which is about 1.5 inches above average.

If the airport receives another quarter of an inch, 2009 will make it on to the list for the Top 10 Wettest Julys.

Snow at Arapahoe Basin Wednesday night.

Here are a few of the highest rain totals from the storms late Wednesday afternoon:

  • 1.26 inches - Las Animas
  • .95 inches - Loveland
  • .82 inches - Cheyenne Wells
  • .90 inches - Conifer
  • .77 inches - Ft. Collins
  • .71 inches - Chatfield Dam
  • .63 inches - Evergreen
  • .41 inches - Golden
  • .36 inches - Boulder
  • .32 inches - Denver

    After this next cold front comes through, we will have a cooldown for Saturday, with highs only in the 70s. There will be a chance for showers and thunderstorms Saturday, making the start of August seem much like the end of July. The cool weather pattern will not last too long, as hot and dry air will finally come back to Colorado starting Sunday.

    The ridge of high pressure that's bringing scorching temperatures to the Pacific Northwest will build back in our direction. While we have been so cold and wet, Seattle and the surrounding areas of the Pacific Northwest have been baking under a relentless sun. That heat will push to the east and finally make it feel like summer around here for the first half of next week.

    By the middle of next week, indications are that the "monsoon flow" will begin to move our way from the southwestern United States. We should be back to afternoon thunderstorms, with some heavy rainfall by next Wednesday.

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