Currently in Denver - November 11th, 2022

Sunny with temperatures in the low 40s for Veteran's Day on Friday, November 11th.

While we didn't get major snow, there will be a slight chill in the air for Friday through the weekend thanks to the cold front that swept through Colorado. Temperatures will remain in the 40s through the next three days.

This is the part of the season where we stay cold for a while as we now continue to see cold front after cold front drop through our area. We actually will drop down into the 30s next Monday and see a very small chance of snow as another cold front comes from the north Sunday into Monday. As a weather fun fact, cold fronts sometimes like to come in pairs so when there is one in the fall and winter, there is usually one that comes right after it.

Here's your weekend forecast:

1) Friday: Morning temperatures will be in the low 20s around sunrise. By the afternoon, temperatures will be in the low 40s. Sunny.

2) Saturday: Mostly sunny. Temperatures in the low 20s again in the early morning and upper 40s for the afternoon.

3) Sunday: Partly sunny. Morning temperatures are in the mid 20s. We see afternoon temperatures in the mid 40s.

Activity forecast: It really isn't too bad this weekend. You just have to compensate for chilly weather in the morning and temperatures in the 40s in the afternoon. So wear a jacket if you need.

Mountain weather: For most of the weekend it will be cold. On Friday highs will be in the low 20s. By Saurday, we see temperatures in the mid 30s and then low 30s for Sunday. There is a small chance of snow on Sunday.

Megan Montero

What you need to know, currently.

Extreme heat has caused hundreds of deaths in Texas prisons, new research shows.

The study, which was published in the JAMA Network Open journal last week, showed a noticeable correlation between  lack of air conditioning, and the risk of inmate death, in U.S. prisons. The research also revealed that in Texas, where just one in every three prisons in the state is fully air-conditioned, 271 people have died over the past two decades because of the state’s failure to properly cool their prisons.

These deaths occurred on particularly hot days, where the heat index rose above the location’s 90th percentile. According to the study, the risk of death rose to nearly 15 percent on these days. Each one degree increase in temperature over 85 degrees F (29 degrees C) increased risk of death by 0.7 percent.

And, extreme heat and exhaustion have more health impacts than just death. The risk of heat related illness increases when people are exposed to temperatures that frequently go beyond 100 degrees F (38 degrees C), often reporting dizziness, nausea, heat rashes and muscle cramps.

Temperatures inside Texas prisons have reached as high as 149 degrees F (65 degrees C) in recent years. Historically, the state has seen temperatures anywhere from around 50 degrees F to 90 degrees F (10 to 32 degrees C). However, climate change will lead to hotter, more oppressive temperatures — and more frequent hot days. In fact, more than a third of Texas counties will be subject to more than 50 days with heat above 105 degrees F (41 degrees C), according to data from the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists.

Regardless of these dangerous conditions, Texas lawmakers have failed to advance bills that would fund increased air conditioning in prisons, claiming that there haven’t been any heat-related deaths. This is, of course, a lie.

Texas does require that some inmates — like those in county jails where folks often await trial — have air-conditioning. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards requires that all county jails keep the temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees F (18-29 degrees C).

If similar temperature regulations were enacted in state prisons, it could save lives.

—Aarohi Sheth

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