Denver weather: Record heat, poor air quality persist Monday

Sunday saw record-tying heat in Denver and Monday is set to see the same. Yesterday’s high of 98 degrees tied the record set in 2011. Monday’s high is also expected to hit 98 degrees to tie another 2011 record — making this the 64th 90-degree day this year, the National Weather Service said. 2020 is the second highest year for the number of days above 90 degrees, trailing 2012 when there were 73 90-degree days.

Air quality continues to be poor as wildfires in Colorado and California cause smoky skies over the Front Range. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued an air quality alert through 4 p.m. today, encouraging sensitive groups to avoid outdoors activities.

The low today will drop to 67 degrees, according to the NWS in Boulder. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph in the area with a 10% chance of rain showers.

The rest of the week will see continued heat, smoky skies and poor air quality. Tuesday’s high is expected to hit 97 degrees with a low of 66. Wednesday is expected to be similar with a high of 95 and a low of 66 degrees. Thursday will have a high of 95 and a low of 64 degrees.

Friday is the week’s best chance to break the 90-degree streak with a forecast high of 86 degrees and a chance of afternoon showers.

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