A partly sunny morning as fog clears, revealing blue skies on Friday across metro Denver will turn turbulent with afternoon thunderstorms bringing rain and possible hail, a pattern expected to repeat on Saturday before temperatures increase on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
Any heavy rain and hail likely will hit after 3 p.m. and during the evening in the area from Denver south along the Interstate 25 corridor, moving eastward across Colorado’s high plains, weather service forecasters said. Meteorologists estimated the likelihood of rain at 50% on Friday and Saturday.
The high temperature in Denver will be 79 degrees on Friday and Saturday, increasing to 86 degrees Sunday, forecasters said. At night, the temperatures will decrease to a low of around 57 degrees. Next week, summer heat is expected with temperatures topping 90 degrees.
Meanwhile in western Colorado, temperatures were expected to be warmer, exceeding 90 degrees Friday, creating dry conditions that, depending on wind, favor fires. The weather service on Friday issued a “red flag” fire danger warning covering much of western Colorado.
Along Colorado’s Front Range and I-25, scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms may become severe with damaging wind, large hail, and possibly tornadoes as the storms roll over the eastern plains, forecasters said. On Saturday, severe thunderstorms mostly likely will intensify east of Denver, beyond I-25 on high plains areas including Greeley, the Palmer Divide between Denver and Colorado Springs, and Lincoln County.
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