DENVER — The 10 days of summer will remain hot and dry across Colorado! Highs reached the low 90s in Denver with a record reading of 93 degrees Tuesday afternoon - beating the old mark of 92 that stood since 1951!
The heat covered all of the eastern plains as well with highs in the 90s - about 10 degrees warmer than average for the middle of September. In the mountains, highs were in the 70s to low 80s. The Western Valleys reached the 80s to around 90 degrees.
Winds were gusty at times, as some high based thunderstorms developed in the afternoon heat. These storms produced mainly sprinkles, but also some lightning and wind gusts to 50 mph. The skies will gradually clear overnight with lows around 60 for the Denver area.
Winds will be gusty again on Wednesday and the hot and dry conditions will continue. Northwestern Colorado has high fire danger through Wednesday, with gusty winds, dry conditions and low relative humidity.
Denver will be close to at least tying some record readings for mid-September. The record for Wednesday is 94 degrees, set in 1911. The record on Thursday is 96 degrees, set in 1990. The predicted highs for both days are very close to those marks.
Little change in the overall weather pattern is expected through the upcoming weekend. Hot and dry conditions will prevail statewide. Fire danger will remain high, so be careful out there!
The aspens are turning in the mountains! It is a nice time to get up to the high country and enjoy the annual display of aspen gold, especially in areas along and north of I-70.
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