It has been hot, very hot, for weeks now. In fact, Denver has set an all time record of 14 straight days with highs 95+ degrees F, the previous record was 12 days set in July of 1874.
A long awaited, and much anticipated break from the heat has finally arrived, offering cooler temperatures and a hopeful break for those fighting Colorado's fires. Monsoonal flow has returned to the Centennial State, bringing cooler temperatures and a good chance of rain through the weekend. Highs both Saturday and Sunday may struggle to reach 80 degrees in Denver, with a better than 40% chance of rain each day.
Take a look at this very active radar this afternoon, even a tornado vortex signature out east!
Flooding will be a concern, especially in recent burn areas. This afternoon several watches and warnings are in effect up and down the Front Range, with the issuance of more this weekend very likely. Please stayed tuned to the National Weather Service and local media for the latest.
Heat Continues for Millions
Meanwhile the greater part of the eastern United States continues to bake under record heat. According to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center the heatwave has broken 4,560 records over the last 30 days across the U.S., 238 of those all have been all time records.
The heat continues Saturday, as all time record highs will be threatened in places like Washington DC (106 F, 1930), Louisville (107 F, 1936), and Pittsburgh (103 F, 1988). Take a look at the current heat warnings (pink!) out for the central and eastern U.S., incredible.