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Thunderstorms for July 4th

Not as hot, with more storms through Thursday
Posted: 6:24 AM, Jul 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-05 07:52:33-04

DENVER- Storms have been making their way through the Front Range this Fourth of July, especially for Denver and the I-25 Corridor.  A First Alert Action Day has been issued for Wednesday for strong to severe thunderstorms. Because we have a chance for more storms on Thursday, there will be a First Alert Action Day tomorrow as well. 

Fire danger remains very high over most of the state and burn bans are in effect.  The use of fireworks is highly discouraged for the 4th of July holiday.

We have seen strong afternoon thunderstorms on the Fourth of July and again on Thursday as cooler slightly more humid air moves into Colorado behind a weak cold front.

Only isolated storms will be possible in the mountains and across the western third of Colorado this week, along with more hot and dry weather.  The storms that do develop will bring more wind and lightning than meaningful moisture, so little change is expected in the dry conditions and the fire worries.

The brief bit of slightly cooler weather and better chance for storms will only hold for Wednesday and Thursday for the Denver area and eastern Colorado.  By Friday, temperatures will return to around 90 degrees with only a slightly chance for storms. 

For next weekend, temperatures will be very hot, back in the mid to upper 90s once again and rain chances will stay low.

We are still watching for signs of the beginning of the annual "Summer Monsoon" which will bring the slow moving, heavy rain making thunderstorms.  At this point, there is no indication that it will arrive before the middle of July.