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Highs in the 80s with rain for Denver on Sunday

Flooding rains possible in the high country this evening
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Posted at 7:39 AM, Jul 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-24 19:31:11-04

DENVER- Our streak of 90-degree heat ended today with highs in the 80s for metro Denver. Our official high at DIA was 89 degrees Saturday afternoon.

A cold front slipped across northern Colorado for Saturday. This will bring slightly cooler temperatures and another round of thunderstorms with locally heavy rainfall for the mountains and foothills and scattered thunderstorms for Denver and the I-25 Corridor. The eastern plains will stay a little drier but will not be as hot.

Flash Flood Watches and Warnings are in effect for many of the burn scars as spots heavy rain will likely create local flash flooding. A Denver7 Weather Action Day will be in effect this weekend due to the likelihood of heavy rain in the mountains.

The cold front will stall across central Colorado and bring cooler, more humid air to Denver and the eastern plains through Sunday. The front will hang across the mountains, but more monsoon moisture will pour into the state from the southwest. Expect a good chance for locally heavy rainfall and possible floods and mudslides in the mountains.

Hotter weather will return to the state early next week. There will still be scattered thunderstorms each day for the higher terrain, but Denver and the I-25 Corridor will have lower rain chances and higher temperatures.

A note on the air quality - recent rains have helped to clear much of the wildfire smoke out of our skies, but only temporarily. Next week will turn smoky and hazy once again. An air quality alert has been issued for high ozone levels in metro Denver for Sunday.

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