Denver weather: Sunny skies, wind gusts may increase smoke coverage
Wildfire smoke will continue to blanket the Denver area Friday, with an air quality alert remaining in effect through 4 p.m. This comes a day after the Mullen fire crossed the Wyoming-Colorado border Thursday, bringing smoke cover to the Front Range.
“We will continue to see smoke from those fires — the Mullen fire and the Cameron Peak fire,” said Lisa Kriederman of the National Weather Service in Boulder. While the smoke has been around this week, Friday will not bring relief.
“I think it will be similar and a little worse,” Kriederman said. The meteorologist continued that northeast winds will push more smoke into the urban corridor and the foothills.
Despite the smoke, partly sunny skies are expected with a high near 76 degrees. Winds may be light Friday and travel through the north-northeast with gusts as high as 16 mph. There is also a red flag fire warning in effect.
“Those gusty northwest winds, low humidity and the sun can dry vegetation even more,” Kriederman said. “The northeast (wind will) shove any of the smoke it produces, it will shove it into the urban corridor.
A weak cold front overnight will bring a cool air mass and drop the low to around 44 degrees.
For Saturday, it will remain sunny, but temperatures will be much cooler, with areas like the plains experiencing a 8- to 10-degree drop. The high is predicted to reach 68 degrees with light winds. Saturday night will have temperatures drop to the mid-40s.
The cool drop is only temporary, however. Starting Sunday, temperatures may jump as much as 10 degrees above normal for this time of the year, Kriederman said. Expect the start of the new week to remain dry and get warmer. Sunday will reach 79 degrees.
Source: Read Full Article