DENVER — Denver and the northeast plains had a brief break from the 90-degree heat on Monday, but readings soared right back to the mid to upper 90s as Denver reached a record tying 97 degrees (in the year 2000) Tuesday afternoon.
There is plenty of smoke and haze in the skies across Colorado - courtesy of the two large wildfires in the western part of the state.
Most areas remain dry, but some scattered strong and severe thunderstorms rumbled across the eastern plains through early evening.
Fire danger remains high, especially across the Western Slope where relative humidity is below 15 percent and winds are gusting over 30 mph. With highs in the upper 90s, there is no relief for firefighters.
So far, there have been 51 days of 90-degree-plus heat in Denver, placing 2020 in the top 20 list of most 90-degree days in Denver. The record for 90 degree days in 73, set in the sizzling summer of 2012.
Some slight relief from the heat will arrive next Sunday and Monday with a chance for thunderstorms and highs in the upper 80s.
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