Denver weather: Watch for record high near 100 degrees and unhealthy air

Denver will near a record high older than the state of Colorado itself on Wednesday. Forecasters predict the temperature could reach 100 degrees, topping the existing daily record of 98 degrees set in 1876. Colorado joined the union a few days later on Aug. 1, 1876.

According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, Denver will reach 99 degrees on Wednesday under sunny skies. There will be isolated thunderstorms over mountain tops, but the metro area should remain dry. Overnight temperatures will drop to 68 degrees.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment expects Wednesday to be an unhealthy air day for all. The poor air quality will impact the entire metro area.

Thursday will remain hot with a high forecast of 97 degrees. The skies remain clear with a low of 67 degrees.

Monsoonal moisture moves in on Friday, giving Denver a 40% chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. It will largely be sunny to end the week, dipping to 66 degrees overnight.

“Showers and thunderstorms will be likely, slow storm motion will cause the flash flooding threat to increase with heavy rainfall possible,” NWS warns. “The burn areas in the mountains and foothills will be most susceptible to the flooding impacts; however, all of the forecast area could see heavy rainfall.”

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