Denver weather: Hot, smoky weather should give way Friday as cold front arrives

It’ll be hot, hazy and smoky across northeastern Colorado on Wednesday and Thursday, but a cold front is expected on Friday along with a better chance for showers and thunderstorms.

On Wednesday in Denver, there’s a 30% chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms, there will be areas of smoke and the high temperature will hit 95 degrees under mostly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has again issued air quality alerts for Denver and along the Front Range on Wednesday because of smoke from wildfires burning in the state and elsewhere in the West.

The CDPHE advises residents to stay indoors if smoke becomes thick in their area. People with heart disease and respiratory illnesses, along with the very young and older people, should take extra precaution. Everyone should consider limiting outdoor activities when moderate smoke is present.

In the Colorado mountains, where multiple wildfires are burning and spewing massive smoke columns, there’s a chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms Wednesday through Saturday, according to the weather service.

On the Eastern Plains, it will remain hot with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday’s cold front will bring relief to the Eastern Plains from a long string of plus 90-degree days.

On Thursday in Denver, there’s a 20% chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms, the weather service said. Skies will be sunny and the high temperature will be near 96 degrees.

Showers are likely on Friday in Denver along with a possible afternoon thunderstorm. The chance for precipitation is 70%, according to the weather service. Skies will be partly sunny and the high temperature will be a seasonal 85 degrees.

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