DENVER (CBS4) – Temperatures will hit near-record highs again on Monday before a cold front finally breaks the relief for a few days.
Denver officially hit 100 degrees on Saturday, tying a record set on June 11, 2013. Sunday’s high temperature wasn’t quite as hot but was still well above normal with 95 degrees in the city.
Monday is expected to be similar to Saturday with mostly sunny skies and temperatures approaching 100 degrees again in the afternoon. The Denver record for June 13 is 99 degrees, last set in 2006, which could be tied or broken. Right now, the CBS4 weather team has a high forecast just below the record high.
Colorado’s hottest weather on Monday will occur in the Far Eastern Plains where a few areas near the Nebraska state line could reach 110 degrees.
It will also be quite warm on the western slope where the heat will combine with wind gusts up to 60 mph and relative humidity below 15% to produce a critical fire danger. There is a red flag warning until 11 p.m. for most of western Colorado. If a fire were to break out, it could spread very quickly and be difficult for firefighters to contain.
Regardless of the fire danger in Colorado, a wildfire causing evacuations near Flagstaff, Arizona is causing a lot of smoke. Southwest winds will carry much of that smoke into Colorado on Monday.
Some areas may smell of smoke and visibility will be at least slightly affected. At this time, no adverse health effects are expected.
Looking ahead to Tuesday, temperatures will be at least 10 to 15 degrees cooler than Monday in most areas.
The next heat wave of the season will begin Thursday and Friday and continue through Father’s Day weekend. There is also a good chance that the afternoon thunderstorms will return as soon as Friday.