DENVER — The growing number of wildfires has brought areas of smoke and haze to Colorado - courtesy of the large fire burning in southwestern Colorado, along with multiple other smaller fires burning in our state, including the Buffalo Mountain fire near Silverthorne.
Hot temperatures will return on Wednesday with highs around 90 degrees in Denver and near 100 degrees in Grand Junction. Isolated thunderstorms will develop in the afternoon, but the storms will mostly bring wind and lightning. Some severe storms will be possible over the far eastern plains.
More moisture will return to Colorado by Thursday with a good chance for showers and thunderstorms each afternoon. Our highs will also be back into the low to mid-90s through Friday.
There will be a shift in the weather pattern over the weekend as winds aloft begin to blow into Colorado from the south-southwest. Tropical moisture will flow into the southwestern U.S. and move into Colorado starting this weekend. The remnants of Hurricane Bud, now off Baja - will be swept up in this flow and should bring much more moisture into the southwestern U.S. and the central Rockies.
The result of this weather shift will be a good chance for showers and thunderstorms each day from Saturday into next week. These slow moving storms will bring plenty of rainfall - just what we need to ease the dryness and fire danger across the region!