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90s return Thursday, ahead of cooler, wet weather this weekend

Air Quality Alert in effect through Thursday
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Posted at 6:03 AM, Jun 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-22 17:49:21-04

Warmer weather will quickly return on Wednesday for the first full day of summer. Winds are shifting in from the southwest, increasing cloud cover and boosting temperatures to the 80s for highs.

Skies gradually clear tonight, with lows falling to the 50s and low 60s across the plains by morning.

Mostly sunny skies and hotter on Thursday for the Front Range. An Air Quality Alert will remain in effect until at least Thursday at 4 p.m. Ozone concentrations are in the "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" category.

Expect highs in the upper 80s and low 90s for Denver and the eastern plains Thursday, with 70s in the mountains. There will be some scattered thunderstorms returning to the western half of the state as an increase in monsoon moisture comes in from Arizona and New Mexico.

This monsoon moisture will slowly increase over the state by the end of the week. Some scattered thunderstorms will return to the skies over Denver and the eastern plains by Friday. Highs will dip a bit into the mid-to upper 80s.

Another cold front will arrive Friday night and bring a much bigger cooldown for this coming weekend. Expect highs in the in the 70s with thunderstorms likely on Saturday and Sunday.

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