Denver weather: Thunderstorms, hail, snow and widespread rain in the forecast

The National Weather Service in Boulder is projecting Denver will be very wet next for the several days. Thursday provided a break with a dry day, but wet weather is back Friday afternoon. And it’s just the start.

Friday will be the warmest day ahead, with a sweltering 83 degrees under the sun. Late afternoon showers will bring 15 mph wind gusts with them in the metro. Isolated, high-based showers and thunderstorms will produce gusty outflow winds to around 40 mph late in the afternoon and evening. There is a threat of a severe storm between Weld County and Akron with large hail and gusty winds. Denver will drop to 50 degrees overnight.

Saturday will rise to 72 degrees with a 40% chance of precipitation after lunchtime. Winds will pick up to over 20 mph. Rain totals should be light, but there’s again a marginal threat of severe storms producing some hail and gusty winds in the afternoon. NWS says the hazard area is going to be east of the Palmer Divide, mainly Lincoln County. Overnight Saturday, Denver will drop to 41 degrees with a 50% chance of precipitation.

The chance for rain will only increase on Sunday, as the high tops 55 degrees. There will be widespread showers and storms through Tuesday. NWS warns, “potential for heavy precipitation that could impact the lower elevations of the burn areas. However, cooling temperatures and falling snow levels will mean snow for the higher elevations, which would mitigate flood danger.”

Between Friday afternoon and Tuesday evening, Denver could get another 1.5 inches of rain. With 7.53 inches of precipitation already this year, that much rain would easily push the Mile High City over the total precipitation the city had in all of 2020 (8.74 inches).

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