Denver weather: Warm, dry conditions increase fire danger

Friday will bring another day of warm and dry conditions, which will continue to power smoke from area wildfires. The National Weather Service in Boulder predicts the smoke will be prevalent in the Denver area this afternoon. Otherwise, expect mostly sunny skies with a high near 84 degrees.

Denver’s record high for Oct. 9 is 87 degrees set in 1910, but the highs may be a degree or two off from that number. Meteorologist Robert Koopmeiners of NWS Boulder said Friday’s smoke coverage is expected to increase in the afternoon.

“The fires increase again when the sun and temperatures go up,” Koopmeiners said. With warmth and dryness, fire danger picks up.

“It’s just a bad situation,” he said.

Smoke continues to cover the area Friday night with a low of 50 degrees.

For the weekend, Saturday brings a near repeat of Friday’s weather with sunny skies and a high near 83 degrees. By Saturday night and into Sunday, a weak cold front will come in with a cold mass, dropping highs into the upper 70s. There is a slight chance of precipitation Sunday, but Koopmeiners warns that the front does not look like it will bring much relief to the fires and smoke. In fact the front will bring strong winds.

“Without a lot a precipitation, the winds may make the fires worse,” he said.

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