Denver weather: Hot and smoky but not for long

Cooler temperatures and rain are headed toward Denver later this week, but Tuesday’s weather will remain hot and smoky.

According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, Denver’s day on Tuesday will be familiar. A high temperature of 95 degrees, under mostly sunny skies, is the main story downtown. Smoke will remain mostly aloft as winds change and blow some of it north later in the evening. There’s a slight chance of a thunderstorm, with a low of 63 degrees.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment calls Tuesday an Ozone Action Day Alert for the metro area due to ozone concentrations reaching an unhealthy level for sensitive groups.

Rain will be a bigger player Wednesday and Thursday, NWS says. On Wednesday, there is a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and midnight. The day will be mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Winds could gust around 20 mph.

Thursday will have the biggest threat for storms this week. The chance of precipitation is 70%, with a high near 84 degrees and a low of 57 degrees.

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