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First Alert Action Day: Heavy rain possible over next few days

Cooler air moving in with thunderstorms
Posted: 5:34 AM, Jul 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-12 11:42:30Z

DENVER --Today was the 30th 90 degree day in Denver..the earliest we have reached that level. The earliest date before now was July 15th, 2012.  

The high today was 96 degrees in Denver, this- after a high of 98 degrees on Tuesday. 

The mountains and parts of southern Colorado have continued to see widely scattered storms and showers, with a few pockets of heavy rain near the burn scars.  

There will be a better chance of afternoon storms across the plains on Thursday and Friday.  This is why a First Alert Action Day has been issued. The winds aloft will shift and blow into the central Rockies from the southwest.  This will help to bring tropical moisture into Colorado and provide a better chance for showers and thunderstorms to the mountains and the plains.  Locally heavy rain will be possible on in the mountains Thursday. Heavy rain is also possible in Denver and the Front Range for Thursday and Friday afternoons.

Temperatures will not be as hot for the end of the week with highs expected to stay in the upper 80s in Denver for Friday and Saturday.  Some heavier rainfall is likely for the mountains, helping firefighters, but also increasing the risk of mud and debris slides over the various burn scars.