An Air Quality Advisory remains in effect for a combination of smoke particles from western wildfires and moderate to high levels of surface ozone. This will make conditions unhealthy for persons in sensitive groups, such as those with COPD or asthma.
Wildfire smoke will become thick and widespread across Colorado this Saturday. Some of the smoke is from Colorado fires, but much more is from the bigger fires to the west of our state. The heavier smoke will actually make any outdoor activities a concern, even for people without any underlying medical conditions. Heavy outdoor exercise is not recommended through Sunday! West to northwest winds are pulling thick smoke into the region from the big fires in northern California and Oregon.
As of 1:30 p.m., Denver was ranked the worst city in the world for air quality, according to a real-time air quality information platform on IQAir's website.
The smoke continue on Sunday, but temperatures will be very hot with highs in Denver reaching the upper 90s. Early next week will stay hot, hazy and dry with highs in the 90s on the plains and upper 70s to mid 80s in the mountains.
Temperatures will be hot over the state with highs in the 90s to low 100s for lower elevations through early next week. In the mountains, afternoon readings will be in the upper 70s to mid 80s.
Hot and dry weather will continue across Colorado for the next five to seven days. A few thunderstorms will be possible on Tuesday.
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