Friday Forecast Update: Beautiful Weekend Ahead

It was a record-setting week around town, with two mornings recording record low temperatures at Denver International Airport.

From a high of 98° last Saturday (which you'll note broke our weather station for a few hours in the chart below!) the following days felt dramatically more like fall than summer. Highs both Tuesday and Wednesday stayed in the 70s, with overnight lows dropping into the 40s for many locations across the urban corridor. DIA dropped to 47° F on both Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning, tying the record low for Tuesday and setting a record low for the date on Wednesday. Brr!

Weather5280 weather station chart for last seven days

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The last two days of the USA Pro Challenge bicycle race will take over the Front Range this weekend and the weather should be amazing. The biggest issue through the rest of today and into early Saturday will be the persistence of smokey skies from western wildfires. Stage 5 runs from Loveland to Fort Collins on Saturday, and the final stage runs from Golden to Denver on Sunday.

After a very warm day today, we should see temperatures cool a few degrees for the weekend with highs in the 80s across the region both days. The upper level feature responsible for the cooler temps will again deliver temperatures well below normal across the northern Plains, though the temperature impact for Colorado won't be as extreme as compared to our system earlier this week.

Models indicate the largely dry front will pass through northeast Colorado sometime Saturday afternoon, between 18z and 00z. This will help knock temperatures down a few degrees Saturday afternoon, and keep them cool (near 80°) for Sunday.

Cold front forecast to move through Saturday afternoon, north of the area 18z Sat (left), and post-frontal temperature anomalies by 00z (right) | Weather5280 Models

Not expecting much in the way of precipitation for the area with this front, though a few brief isolated storms can't be ruled out. The 4km NAM precipitation forecast through Sunday evening is bone-dry for northeast Colorado, with better storm coverage across southern Colorado and across the extreme eastern Plains:

WeatherBell Analytics

Get out and enjoy this beautiful, late-August weekend!

Brendan Heberton

Brendan is founder of Weather5280. He is co-founder of FreshyMap, and develops software for geospatial data analysis and visualization.

Denver, Colorado
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