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Hazy and smoky conditions will improve as showers return this week

Increasing rain chances this week will help to clear our smoky skies
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Posted at 5:06 AM, May 22, 2023

DENVER — The Air Quality Warning continues along the Front Range and Eastern Plains as wildfire smoke from Canada remains in the skies over eastern Colorado. In the mountains, there is much less smoke and haze and widely scattered thunderstorms will be possible early tonight and again on Tuesday.

Overnight lows will stay mild with readings staying in the upper 40s to low 50s for Denver and the plains and in the upper 30s to low 40s in the mountains.

Tuesday will be partly cloudy with lighter smoke and haze for Denver and the plains. Highs will be in the upper70s to low 80s and rain chances will stay low along and east of I-25. In the mountains and foothills, scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms can be expected with highs in the mid-60s to low 70s.

A cold front will arrive on Wednesday and increase the chance for showers and thunderstorms over the Denver area and the eastern plains. Air quality will improve and smoke will decrease on Wednesday as thunderstorms become a greater possibility. Highs will drop back into the low to mid-70s for lower elevations and upper 50s to mid-60s in the mountains.

Showers and thunderstorms will be likely again on Thursday with some strong to severe storms possible. Highs will be around 70 degrees in Denver and in the upper 50s to low 60s in the mountains.

The Memorial Day weekend will be mostly pleasant, but there will be some afternoon thunderstorms each day. Highs will be in the 70s on the plains and in the 60s in the mountains.

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