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Hotter and drier across Colorado over the next few days

Air quality remains a concern near Denver
Posted at 5:09 AM, Aug 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-04 19:54:30-04

After several days of wet weather, a hot and dry pattern will return to Colorado through the weekend.

In addition to the heat, an Air Quality Advisory will remain in effect for eastern Colorado as the combination of smoke particles from western wildfires and moderate to high levels of surface ozone will make conditions unhealthy for persons in sensitive groups, such as those with COPD or asthma.

Wildfire smoke will become more widespread again across Colorado this weekend. Some of the smoke is from Colorado fires, but much more from the bigger fires to the west of our state.

Temperatures will get hot again over the state with highs in the 90s for lower elevations through early next week. In the mountains, afternoon readings will be in the upper 70s to middle 80s.

The air will stay pretty dry over the central Rockies for the next 5 days. The monsoon flow of moisture from Arizona and New Mexico has tapered off. The only thunderstorms that manage to develop will be high based, gusty storms that will produce wind and lightning, but little heavy rainfall.

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