Currently in Denver - August 31st, 2022

The weather, currently.

Mostly sunny with highs in the low 90s for Wednesday, August 31st. 

It's BACCCCK. Yep, summer is making a comeback this week as a ridge of high pressure carrying lots of warm air moves into Colorado this week. Sadly, it is carrying a lot of dry air with it too so, we will not have the fuel we need to see rain in the Denver Metro. However, you still have a chance to see rain if you are headed to the high country on Wednesday.

As this high pressure system moves into Colorado, we will be watching the temperatures very closely for Wednesday. Since temperatures will be in the low 90s, we may move up on the list of hottest August's on record. Right now, the hottest Augusts on record were in 2011 and 2020 with an average temperature of 77°F. In second place is 1937 with an average temperature of 76.8°F. Our average temperature so far for this year is 76°F, which puts at the third place spot for August, but depending on what the temperature we see on Wednesday, we may move up on that list. I'll keep you posted.

Now that you know it is going to be warmer, here are the 3 main things you need to know for your Wednesday:

1) Cooler in the early morning with 60s by 6 a.m. Upper 70s by 9 a.m. and then low 90s for your mid-afternoon.

2) Sunny skies for the Metro. Storms for the mountains.

3) 90s stay for the weekend.

Activity forecast:

Walking, gardening, grilling: If you have any walking or gardening you want to do, try your best to wake up early. Temperatures will heat up quickly for the rest of the day. It will be hot to do any of these activities in the afternoon.

Running, cycling, active outdoor sports: Remember what you had to do for summer to get out and exercise? Yeah, do that. We see those same summer conditions stick around for Wednesday.

Megan Montero

What you need to know, currently.

If you’ve never eaten a breadfruit, now is the perfect time!

According to reporting by Smithsonian magazine, the fruit could play a role in addressing global hunger as well as food security adaptation amid global warming and climate change.

Breadfruit is very versatile, as it can be dried and ground into flour –– its trees provide abundant shade for humans and wildlife alike, and it’s been used to treat various skin ailments. The perennial custard-y fruit is also very rich in nutrients and requires less labor, water and fertilizer than annual crops.

“I really think it has a lot of potential to help people, especially in the tropics, where 80 percent of the world’s hungry live,” Diane Ragone, founder of the Breadfruit Institute, told Smithsonian magazine in 2009. “It’s low-labor and low-input; much easier to grow than things like rice and corn. And because it’s a tree, the environmental benefits are huge compared to a field crop.”

Past research has found that yields of staple crops like corn, wheat and rice may decline due to climate change, particularly in areas close to the equator. The breadfruit, on the other hand, is more resilient to rising temperatures. In conjunction with other food security adaptations and solutions, this tropical fruit could make a real difference.

—Aarohi Sheth