• Thu. Feb 29th, 2024

Colorado Weather: Denver could reach 100 degrees on Monday and Tuesday as temperatures soar statewide

Colorado Weather: Denver could reach 100 degrees on Monday and Tuesday as temperatures soar statewide

A high pressure weather system moving over Colorado will cause temperatures to rise across the state — into the triple digits Monday and Tuesday.

The forecast high for metro Denver on Monday is 99. The forecast calls for a high of at least 100 and possibly warmer temperatures in Greeley and parts of the Eastern Plains.

“At least for the beginning of this week we’re seeing normal temperatures,” said Caitlin Mensch, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder.

The average temperature in the Denver area this time of year is 90, Mensch said. The warming weather is similar to what caused a record-breaking heat wave in the US Southwest this month, they added.

Colorado has already seen multiple daily temperature records fall this summer, surprising local meteorologists and leading to frequent heat advisories.

The NWS has not issued an official heat advisory this week, Mensch said. He said it’s still important for residents to watch for symptoms of heat-related illnesses, which can worsen on days above 90 degrees.

Simple tips for staying healthy include staying hydrated and seeking shelter indoors during peak afternoon heat. If you must go outside, take regular breaks and watch for signs of heat exhaustion.

“Do not leave pets or children unattended in cars or outside for long periods of time,” Mensch said.

Across the state, communities in southern Colorado and the Western Slope are also forecast to reach warmer temperatures.

The NWS’s Pueblo office issued a heat advisory Monday for Colorado Springs and surrounding communities, where high temperatures are forecast to reach at least 94 degrees.

Grand Junction is forecast to top 100 degrees every day through at least Friday.

Denver metro and the Northern Front Range will be slightly cooler starting Wednesday. According to the NWS, temperatures will drop into the low 90s with a chance of rain, storms and showers.

Climate change is making heat waves longer, more frequent, and more intense in Colorado and around the world. This year, El Nino, which began in June, is amplifying those trends.

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