Denver weather: Hot and dry through the weekend as fire danger rises

Hot and dry weather will keep fire danger elevated in northeastern Colorado and wildfires already burning on the Western Slope are contributing to air quality concerns along the Front Range.

An “Action Day for Multiple Pollutants” has been issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for the Denver metro area until 4 p.m. Wednesday. Areas under the warning are: Douglas, Jefferson, Denver, western Arapahoe, western Adams, Broomfield, Boulder, Larimer, and Weld counties.

Smoke from the Grizzly Creek and the Pine Gulch fires are drifting into the Front Range and ozone and fine particulate concentrations could reach the unhealthy for sensitive groups category on Wednesday afternoon with air quality impacts expected in the Denver metro area and along the northern Front Range.

In Denver on Wednesday, skies will be sunny as the high temperature climbs to 96 degrees, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Thursday’s weather in Denver will also be sunny and hot with a high of 97 degrees. Winds on Thursday could gust to 20 mph.

On Friday in Denver, there’s a 10% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m., otherwise skies will be sunny and the high temperature will hit 97 degrees.

The hot, dry streak will keep fire dangers elevated into the weekend. There’s a chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms in the mountains and over the far Eastern Plains, but most areas in northeastern and north central Colorado will remain dry through the weekend.

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