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One more day of 90s in Denver, with cooler weather on the way

Tied record high for Denver Wednesday- 97 degrees
Posted at 6:07 AM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 01:31:27-04

DENVER — The string of 90-degree days has stretched to 16 straight days and Denver has now reached 90 degrees or hotter 66 times this year. This puts the year 2020 in second place behind the 73 days of 90 degrees or hotter in 2012.

We will see one more day of 90s in Denver before a much-needed cool down this weekend.

An Air Quality Warning remains in effect for Denver and the Front Range. Haze, smoke, and high ozone levels will contribute to the poor air quality conditions.

Fire danger remains elevated, especially across the Western Slope and over our central mountains, where afternoon relative humidity has generally stayed below 15% and isolated gusty thunderstorms have brought erratic wind and lightning, but little rain.

Multiple large wildfires are burning in the state. Air quality remains poor due to wildfire smoke and ground-level ozone.

There will be a chance for scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms again Thursday. However, not much rain is expected. These storms will mostly produce lightning and brief strong gusty winds.

Cooler and wetter weather will finally return to Colorado on Friday, and highs are expected to return to near normal values, in the mid and upper 80s through the weekend.

Even cooler air will arrive next Monday with highs expected to be just in the middle 70s in Denver — and even a touch of light snow for the higher peaks of the northern mountains.

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