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Smoky start to the week across Colorado with more very hot temperatures.

Aug 24 2020 weather forecast 5:15am
Posted at 6:26 AM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 01:17:47-04

DENVER — An Air Quality Warning remains in effect for Denver and the Front Range. Haze, smoke, and high ozone levels will contribute to the poor air quality conditions.

The weather remains hot and mainly dry across Colorado, with only widely scattered thunderstorms. Highs in Denver again climb to near record values, with upper 90s this afternoon.

The record for August 24th in Denver is 98 degrees, set in 2011. Today marks the 64th day this summer with highs at or above 90 degrees. Second all-time to 2012 with 73 days of 90 degrees or hotter.

Fire danger remains elevated, especially across the Western Slope and over our central mountains, where afternoon relative humidity will stay below 15% and isolated gusty late-day storms can be expected.

Multiple large wildfires are burning in the state. Air quality remains poor due to wildfire smoke and ground-level ozone.

There will be a chance for scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms each day next week. However, not much rain is expected. These storms will mostly produce lightning and brief strong gusty winds.

Cooler and wetter weather will finally return to Colorado on Friday, highs are expected to return to near normal values, in the mid and upper 80s through the weekend.

Even cooler air will arrive next Monday with highs expected to be just in the middle 70s in Denver - and even a touch of light snow for the higher peaks of the northern mountains!

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