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Air quality will be improving for Denver

The smoke and haze will ease up for a few days
Aug 12 2021 5:15am forecast
Posted at 5:59 AM, Aug 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-13 01:02:41-04

The air quality will finally improve in Denver and across northern Colorado, courtesy of a weak cold front moving across the northeast quarter of Colorado plains. The front will bring temperatures and increase the chances for showers and thunderstorms. Only a few storms are expected tonight, but a better chance will be in the forecast for Friday with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s.

On Saturday, the front will move back to the north, allowing hotter weather to return. There will be a weak monsoon flow of moisture from the south, bringing a chance for thunderstorms with locally heavy rainfall to the mountains and Front Range.

By Sunday, the best chances for thunderstorms will drift back into the mountains, leaving hotter and drier weather for Denver and the I-25 Corridor. Highs will return to the mid to upper 90s for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

The combination of smoke particles from western wildfires and moderate to high levels of surface ozone will diminish over much of Colorado for the next several days as the upper level winds will shift the flow of smoke to the northwest of the state. Some of the smoke is from Colorado fires, but much more is from the bigger fires to the west of our state.

A cold front will move into Colorado next Wednesday and bring cooler temperatures and a better chance for thunderstorms.

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