Denver weather: Hot and dry weekend ahead with possible cool-off next week

Although temperatures are expected to be high and air quality low this weekend, cooler temperatures look to be in next week’s forecast, which would bring much-needed relief to the metro Denver area after a week of scorching heat.

For the fifth consecutive day this week, the National Weather Service has put in place an air quality alert for Douglas, Jefferson, Denver, western Arapahoe, western Adams, Broomfield, Boulder, Larimer and Weld Counties due to a high concentration of ozone levels.

A hazardous weather outlook is also in place for northeast and north central Colorado amid an ongoing threat of flash flooding.

Friday’s forecast, however, holds only a slim chance of precipitation. Forecasters expect a 10% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m. Winds could gust as high as 17 mph Friday.

The high is expected to hit 96 degrees with mostly clear and sunny skies. Temperatures will drop to an overnight low of 66 and remain mostly clear.

Both Saturday and Sunday will likely bring high temperatures and low probabilities of rain.

Saturday’s forecast calls for a high of 95 with only a 20% of storms, while Sunday holds a 30% chance of storms with a high of around 94.

Temperatures will dip next week with a high of 87 Monday while bringing moisture back to the metro Denver area. Forecasters anticipate showers and thunderstorms to be likely after noon.

As the week progresses, temperatures may barely reach 80 degrees some days with a high chance of precipitation almost every day next week.

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