Strong winds out of the south helped turn up the heat in Denver Tuesday as the city set a record high temperature for May 19 at 92 degrees.
The new record temperature was recorded at 4:22 p.m. at Denver International Airport, Jim Kalina, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder, said. The previous record high temperature in Denver on May 19 was 90 degrees set in 2009.
“Downslope winds help bump it up a bit,” Kalina said of Tuesday’s winds, and heat, along the Front Range.
Wind gusts reached in Denver reached 41 mph, according to the weather service.
Strong winds, low humidity and heat raised the concerns for fire danger in Colorado, including along the southern foothills and the Palmer Divide. Afternoon thunderstorms on the Eastern Plains, especially in areas of Weld and Larimer counties, could be severe with 60 mph winds and large hail.
Wednesday’s weather in Denver should be slightly cooler, but still unseasonably warm, with a forecast high temperature of 87 degrees.
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