Denver Weather: Hot, but no records broken; up next, rains and cooler temps unleashed by the monsoon

While the weather was plenty toasty Thursday, Denver didn’t break any records. The high of 95 degrees recorded at Denver International Airport wasn’t hot enough to surpass the 99-degree mark set in 2005.

Denver’s high of 100 degrees Wednesday shattered a 145-year-old record by 2 degrees.

And the big news heading into the weekend is the monsoon kicking in again, spreading from southwest Colorado to the central mountains and beyond. A high of 95 degrees is forecast for Friday in Denver and then it’s expected to drop to around 80 degrees over the weekend.

Another big part of the story is the rain. Treste Huse, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder, said the Denver area could get more than an inch of rain over the weekend and possibly more in the south and west metro area.

However, the outlook for moisture in the metro area remains uncertain. The mountains, including areas burned in last summer’s historic wildfires, are a different story.

A flash-flood warning was issued for the Walden area in the north-central mountains. A flood advisory was in effect for the western part of the area burned in the East Troublesome wildfire in Grand County.

Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon was closed Thursday afternoon when a flash-flood warning was issued for the area scorched by last year’s Grizzly Creek fire.

Burned areas are more vulnerable to flooding when it rains heavily because of the lack of vegetation.

 

 

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