DENVER — The weather pattern will remain slightly cool for early July, with scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms possible each day through the weekend.
Expect high temperatures for Denver and the eastern plains to be in the upper 70s to mid-80s again on Friday — about 5-10 degrees cooler than normal. We will have more storms develop in the mountains Friday afternoon. These storms will have quite a bit of heavy rain- threatening mud slides and flooding for the burn scars in the higher elevations.
The afternoon storms this holiday weekend will be pretty isolated, with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Conditions look pretty good for any Fourth of July fireworks shows.
The cooler and wetter weather is a benefit for the fire danger and has cleansed some of the wildfire smoke out of our skies. Despite the wet weather, there still are fire restrictions in effect across much of western Colorado, with several wildfires burning.
Scattered thunderstorms and showers will develop over higher elevations and foothills by early afternoon each day. There is a chance some of the storms will then roll east over the plains. The risk for any severe storms will be low each day, but we could see pockets of moderate to heavy rain, small hail and gusty winds.
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