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Hot weather to linger in Denver

Hot weather will linger in Denver through the July 4th weekend and into next week, and another air quality alert has been issued for the Front Range.

The high temperatures in Denver will be 94 degrees on Thursday and Friday, with 91 on Saturday (Independence Day) and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

An Ozone Action Day Alert has been posted for the Front Range through 4 p.m. Thursday, according to the Regional Air Quality Council. Areas most likely to reach the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” category on Thursday are the southwestern suburbs of Denver, northward along the foothills through Golden and Boulder, and north to the Fort Collins area. It’s the third day in a row for the alert.

There will be isolated, but strong to severe thunderstorms over the far northeast plains of Colorado late Thursday afternoon, the weather service said, with a threat of large hail and damaging winds. Also on Thursday, there’s a chance of isolated showers and weak storms over the mountains and foothills, with the main threat being gusty winds.

Skies over Denver will be sunny on Thursday, according to the weather service, with a 30% chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms on Friday, and a 50% chance on July 4th.

Storm coverage and intensity will increase Friday through the weekend in northeastern Colorado and some Independence Day storms may produce heavy rainfall and localized flooding, the weather service said.

A string of 90-degree days continues in Denver next week, with a high temperature of 93 on Monday, 95 on Tuesday and 97 on Wednesday.

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