Happy Fryday! Record-melting Denver ready to plunge into triple digits | VailDaily.com

Happy Fryday! Record-melting Denver ready to plunge into triple digits

Bill Scanlon
Rocky Mountain News
Vail, CO Colorado
Chris Schneider/Rocky Mountain NewsCity of Denver street maintenance worker Bernard Lopez, splashes water on his face while installing manholes at 20th and Irving in the middle of the day in Denver on Thursday.

DENVER, Colorado ” The high in Denver is expected to soar to 102 this afternoon, as the Mile High City sees how many extra days it can tack onto its consecutive-days-of-90-plus record it set Thursday.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for northeast Colorado and a red-flag warning for tinder-dry southeast Colorado.

The old record of 18 consecutive 90-plus-degree days set in 1874 and 1901 was broken Thursday as the temperature reached 96.

It looks like the record will reach at least 23 days because NWS metrologists are expecting 99 on Saturday, 97 on Sunday and 94 on Monday.

And, more’s the pity, that’s the temperature in the shade.

The expected three-digit high this afternoon is a warning to people to try to stay indoors and around air conditioning.

The highs will still be in the 90s through midevening along the Front Range and on the eastern plains.

Tuesday could be the first day that the high tops out in the 80s. The forecast is for 88 on Tuesday, as a cool front is expected to move in, finally breaking through the high-pressure system that has blocked storms for the better part of two months.

The slight chance of thunderstorms most afternoons and evenings won’t amount to anything in most areas the next couple days. There is a better chance of rain on Monday, but then it dries out again even as the temperatures drop.

Wildfires could erupt and spread like, well, wildfires east of the continental divide and south of Denver.

Very low humidity, hot temperatures and gusty south winds will produce critical fire conditions by this afternoon. While metro Denver will have calm winds, southeast Colorado is expecting south winds of 15 to 20 mph and gusts up to 30 mph.

The high country is expecting highs in the 80s the next few days and about a 20 percent chance of showers each afternoon.

It’s important to take heed of the advise on dealing with heat waves, say health officials.

Drink plenty of water, seek air conditioning, limit outside activities.

Water is great and diet drinks and sports drinks, too. But alcohol and soft drinks with a lot of sugar actually act to dehydrate, so avoid those.

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