Weekend Outlook: Cold Front and Chance of Rain after Hot End to Week

Well, nowhere near record heat today across the region but certainly a warm one. Denver's record high for the date is 98°F last set back in 2006, about 10 degrees warmer than most of us will be this afternoon.

Showers and storms will push through the urban corridor through mid-afternoon, before gradually pushing east this evening. Not a damaging storm threat today overall in the metro areas, but like yesterday a few areas could see some lightning and thunder, as well as at least some brief rainfall. The latest high-res models show perhaps a storm or two delivering a but more of a beneficial rainfall this afternoon, but only an isolated threat for this.

Highs will be about 10 degrees cooler in Denver Saturday before a much bigger cool down Saturday night into Sunday. The chance for showers and storms will increase late in the day and overnight Saturday into Sunday for the urban corridor, with stronger storms (some severe) likely across the Eastern Plains Saturday afternoon.

Even with better rainfall coverage Saturday night, heavier totals will be hit and miss. The latest 3km NAM shows heavy rain potential across the Plains with those bigger storms Saturday afternoon, with some appreciable moisture for the Front Range foothills and portions (but not all) of the urban corridor Saturday night:

With highs only in the low to mid 60s on Sunday this will be the bigger story for many. The record coldest high for June 9th is 62°F, with MOS guidance currently showing highs Sunday as cool as 57°F to as warm as 64°F. In either event, could challenge that record low high, and certainly will be a cool June day across the region.

Temperatures gradually warm through the week next week, with most afternoons topping out in the 70s for Denver -- beautiful! We should see a chance of storms each and every afternoon next week across eastern Colorado, with a good bet some days featuring some severe weather for the state. It's that time of year.

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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