Denver weather: 99-degree heat, afternoon storms bring rain, lightning

Intense heat with temperatures approaching 100 degrees will engulf metro Denver and other Front Range cities on Monday, and scattered afternoon thunderstorms, mostly dry, may bring lightning, according to the National Weather Service.

The hottest weather will bake Colorado’s eastern plains. Weather services officials issued a heat advisory for the Arkansas River valley and southeastern Colorado, recommending that residents regularly drink water and use sunscreen outside.

The high temperature in Denver will be 99 degrees, decreasing to 68 degrees Monday night, forecasters said. On Tuesday, the high temperature will be 98 degrees. All week, forecasters said, temperatures in Denver will reach 92 degrees or higher.

The high in eastern Colorado at La Junta Monday is expected to hit 105 degrees.

Any storms forming over the mountains and foothills Monday afternoon are expected to roll across metro Denver after 4 p.m. Only brief rain is likely, along with bursts of wind at speeds as fast as 50 miles per hour, forecasters said. Meteorologists estimated the likelihood of rain at 20%.

In western Colorado, temperatures were expected to reach as high as 99 degrees in Canon City. High mountains may stay cooler. A slight cooling trend is expected on Wednesday, forecasters said.

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