10:30 AM, Friday, June 17, 2016
Summer solstice is this Monday, June 20th, at 4:34 PM MDT. That makes this the weekend that is closest to the solstice, and it will feel like summer! Afternoon temperatures will be hot, and after a very small chance of a thundershower this afternoon, there is almost zero chance of thundershowers over the weekend.
Saturday is likely to see low to mid 90s in most places below 6000 feet. Sunday may be the hottest day of the next 5 since we will be just ahead of a weak cool front. The record high temperature for Sunday is 98 in Denver and 97 in both Boulder and Colorado Springs. We are likely to get close to those temperatures, with a small chance of exceeding them.
Monday is likely to be a little less hot with a small chance of thunderstorms. But the overall pattern won’t change, so more 90+ days are likely by the middle of next week.
The Front Range region had a reasonably moist winter and spring, so the vegetation is not yet dried out, but it’s still wise to be careful with fire. To the west of the Front Range conditions are a bit drier and the hot weather struck sooner, so be careful with fire if you are heading that way.