DENVER — By the middle of June, our Colorado weather pattern usually settles into a routine of warm, dry mornings, building midday clouds and scattered afternoon thunderstorms.
In the evening, the storms begin to weaken as the sun sets and the lower atmosphere cools and becomes more stable.
Morning sunshine allows the surface to warm quickly, setting the stage for another round of afternoon "convection" - aka thunderstorms!
Most of the storms near Denver will stay below severe levels for the next few days. Denver and northeastern Colorado will see scattered storms with brief heavy rain, small hail and wind gusts to 50 mph.
The southeast quarter of the state has a higher risk of strong to severe storms Tuesday and Wednesday.
Temperatures this week will mostly be in the middle 80s to lower 90s for Denver and the northeast plains, with 70s in the mountains. Nighttime lows will be in the 55 to 60 degree range for Denver and the plains, with 40s in the mountains.
There will be a push of higher humidity and an upper air disturbance crossing the central Rockies by Friday and Saturday. There will be a better chance for severe thunderstorms late this week.
By Sunday and early next week, the weather will turn hot and mostly dry.
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