DENVER — The dog days of summer have settled in and it's going to be a hot and dry week across Colorado.
Expect a familiar routine of mostly sunny mornings with temperatures climbing to 90 degrees by lunch. Some widely scattered gusty thunderstorms will pop up in the afternoon, but mainly produce wind and lightning and little rain.
Highs will top out in the mid to upper 90s over the northeastern corner of the state, with 70s and 80s in the mountains. Southeastern Colorado will reach the upper 90s and low 100s!
Temperatures will be closer to the record highs than the normal highs, expect upper 90s across the Denver metro area through the coming weekend. The record highs are mostly in the low 100s, except for this coming Thursday - the record is 98 degrees. There is a good chance that we could tie or break that record!
Drought conditions continue to get worse across Colorado, especially in the southern portion of the state. In Baca and Prowers counties in the southeast corner, soil conditions are now rated as "extreme drought".
There is little relief in sight for Colorado as the long range forecast for the entire month of July is hot and dry. Be very careful with any outdoor burning as fire danger is very high statewide.
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