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Hot and dry conditions persist across Colorado, fire danger is high

Posted at 6:08 AM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 01:43:17-04

DENVER — Under a sunny, hazy and smoke-filled sky, temperatures soared into the mid-to upper 90s and there is only scant relief in sight.

There is plenty of smoke and haze in the skies across Colorado, courtesy of the two large wildfires — the Grizzly Creek Fire and Pine Gulch Fire — in the western part of the state.

Fire danger remains high, especially across the Western Slope where relative humidity is below 15% and winds are gusting over 30 mph. With highs in the upper 90s, there is no relief for firefighters.

So far, there have been 53 days of 90-degree-plus heat in Denver, placing 2020 in the top 20 list of most 90-degree days in Denver. The record for 90 degree days in 73, set in the sizzling summer of 2012.

Some slight relief from the heat will arrive this Sunday and Monday with a chance for thunderstorms and highs in the upper 80s.

Highs will return to the 90s Tuesday through Friday of next week.

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