The weather, currently.
Well, we finished August with temperatures in the mid 90s, which means this August made it on the list of the top five warmest Augusts on record. Our average temperature for the entire month was 76.1°F. That puts August 2022 at the third spot on the list. 2020 and 2011 tie for number on, at 77°F, followed by 1937 in the number two spot at 76.8°F.
We will continue with that warm trend through the beginning of September as the ridge of high pressure stays in place and continues to bring us warmer temperatures. That means, that Friday through the holiday weekend, we will see afternoon highs in the upper 80s and low 90s.
And of course, just in time for the holiday weekend, we have fire danger to worry about too. A cold front will sweep through the Front Range during the weekend, which won't do much for temperatures but we will see some breezy conditions as well. Given that we have warm and dry weather but also wind, those conditions make it very easy for a fire to spark and spread.
With all of that in mind, here's your forecast for Friday through Labor Day and Tuesday:
1) Friday: High temperatures in the low 90s. Breezy conditions in the afternoon.
2) Saturday: High temperatures in the upper 80s. Sunshine.
3) Sunday: High temperatures in the low 90s. Sunshine.
4) Labor Day: Hotter with mid 90s. Sunshine.
5) Tuesday: Still hot. Low 90s. Sunshine.
Walking, gardening, grilling, boating: It's going to be hot through most of the day. Plan to wear sun protection and bring water with you wherever you go.
Running, cycling, active outdoor sports: Try to get any activities done in the morning. It will still feel hot to exercise in the a.m. but trust me, it will just be plain hot to be out and about in the afternoon.
What you need to know, currently.
Currently fellow, Anna Abraham, has a new story up today on the record breaking heatwave sweeping across China:
"Almost half of China has been affected by its strongest heatwave since 1961, when complete meteorological observation records began, according to the China Meteorological Administration.
Afflicting northwest, central, and southeast China, the heatwave began on June 13 and broke the 2013 heatwave record of 62 days on August 15. The National Meteorological Center (NMC) of China has issued 30 high-temperature red warnings since the start of the heatwave, with 12 consecutive days of red warnings. China employs a four-tier warning system with red warnings representing the most severe event.
Over 200 national weather observatories have registered extremely high temperatures, with 45 degrees C (115 degrees F) recorded in southwest China’s Chongqing city last week."
What you can do, currently.