Denver weather: Heat wave bringing highs in the 90s

A wave of hot and dry conditions will hit metro Denver and Colorado’s northeastern plains Tuesday with temperatures topping 90 degrees for the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

No rain will fall in Denver on Tuesday, weather forecasters said. On Wednesday, storms may roll over the city in the afternoon.

The high temperature in Denver on Tuesday will be 93 degrees, decreasing to 63 degrees at night, forecasters said. On Wednesday, the high is expected to hit 96 degrees, and on Thursday 93 degrees before another 96-degree day on Friday.

Wind at speeds less than 10 miles per hour may blow through the city.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment has issued an air quality alert, effective through Tuesday afternoon, warning that ozone concentrations likely will be high enough to hurt sensitive people including the elderly and children. The worst pollution is expected in the southern and western parts of metro Denver, including Highlands Ranch and Golden, health officials said, recommending reduced activity outdoors.

In southeastern Colorado, temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees Wednesday in the Arkansas River valley. Potentially torrential bursts of rain may fall in the afternoons across the southern Interstate 25 corridor, forecasters said, raising risks of flooding where wildfires have left forests scarred with reduced vegetation.

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