Denver weather: Second record heat day, red flag fire danger warning

More record heat was expected along Colorado’s Front Range Wednesday and dry grass buffeted by wind, gusting at speeds up to 35 miles per hour, raised fire risks.

The high temperature in metro Denver will reach 84 degrees, breaking the old record for this date of 79 degrees in 2018, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will reach record highs at many locations around eastern Colorado, weather service forecasters said.

The weather service issued a red flag fire danger warning, starting at noon Wednesday, covering the mountain foothills west of Denver, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs and the eastern high plains.

This is the second day in a row of record-breaking heat with temperatures elevated well above norms in the 60s. On Tuesday, the weather service measured a high temperature of 85 degrees in Denver, breaking the 1982 record of 80 degrees. In eastern Colorado, the temperature hit 90 degrees in the town of Holyoke.

Across the mountain foothills and semi-arid high plains, dry grass and low humidity, around 12%, created conditions favoring fire, expected to continue through Thursday before cooler weather on Friday and Saturday. There’s a chance of rain Friday, weather service forecasters said.

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