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Denver weather: Record-high temp could topple Tuesday following Monday record

Denver set a record-high temperature on Monday and another record-setting hot day is possible Tuesday.

Denver’s high temperature on Monday hit 98 degrees, breaking the old record of 97 degrees for Aug. 17 set in 2013, according to the National Weather Service. The normal high temperature for the day is 87 degrees.

The sunny and hot weather pattern continues Tuesday in Denver, with a forecast high of 98 degrees. The record high temp in the city on Aug. 18 is 98 degrees, also set in 2013. The normal high temperature for the day is 88 degrees.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued air quality alerts again for Denver and along the Front Range on Tuesday because of multiple wildfires burning in the state.

An action day for multiple pollutants has been posted through 4 p.m. Tuesday for Douglas, Jefferson, Denver, western Arapahoe, western Adams, Broomfield, Boulder, Larimer, and Weld counties.

Wildfire smoke will continue to drift into the Front Range, the CDPHE said, and ozone and fine particulate concentrations could reach the unhealthy for sensitive groups category. Larimer County and Fort Collins cold be hit hard because of the nearby Cameron Peak fire.

Elevated fire conditions are expected Tuesday with only a few thunderstorms over the mountains, the weather service said. Moisture increases across northeastern and north-central Colorado Wednesday and Thursday with a better chance for thunderstorms and measurable precipitation.

On Wednesday in Denver, there’s a slight cooldown, with a forecast high of 95 degrees. Skies will be sunny and there’s a 20% chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Winds could gust to 22 mph.

On Thursday, there’s a 30% chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms and the high temperature will max out near 94 degrees.

There will be isolated thunderstorms from Friday through Sunday, the weather service said, with primary threats being gusty winds and lightning.

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