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Windy on Tuesday, slightly cooler

Close to record heat later this week
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Posted at 4:58 AM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 01:03:41-04

DENVER — Monday was a delightful under mostly sunny skies, light winds and low humidity. Afternoon highs hit close to 80 degrees in Denver metro area. In the mountains, skies were partly cloudy with highs in the 50s to around 60.

The winds will pick up late tonight and Tuesday morning as a weak cold front rolls through. This front will not pack much of a punch here, but it will bring a few light showers and some gusty winds.

Winds will be from the northwest behind the cold front. Expect northwest winds of 15-25 mph with some gusts to 40 mph possible. Temperatures will be slightly cooler, with upper 60s to low 70s along the Front Range.

Warm and dry weather will return for the rest of the week. Highs will reach the 80s Wednesday through Friday! In fact, temperatures will soar to near record levels Thursday and Friday across eastern Colorado. In Denver, the record for Thursday is 90 degrees, set in 1992 and for Friday, the record is 87 degrees, also set in 1992. Although close, it appears Denver will fall just short of those marks.

Much of southeastern Colorado will reach the low 90s Thursday and Friday, likely breaking some temperature records in those areas. Fire danger will also increase over much of eastern Colorado due to the hot, dry weather.

Over the weekend, moisture will increase a bit across the central Rockies and there will be some scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms with slightly cooler temperatures.