The weather, currently.
Last week we had snow, now we are heading into a period sunshine. Really, we are heading into a period that is pretty normal for Denver. Around this time of year the Denver-Metro sees an average high temperature of 59.8 and an average of 31.4 degrees and we usually alternate between periods of snow and periods of sunshine. We will be close to that Monday with sunshine and temperatures in the upper 50s and temperatures in the low 30s overnight. And of course, we will be in a spell of dry weather for part of the week, and I do see a chance for snow coming later in the week. Completely normal.
There's only one catch. We also have a risk for fire danger for the next three days. Colorado is situated in between an area of high pressure and an area of low pressure. Because of where we are situated, we are in the sweet spot to also see a little wind for Monday through Wednesday. With our dry weather and the wind, that could make it easy for a fire, if it were to ignite, to spread very quickly. Be careful with any fire sources Monday through Wednesday while we go through this dry spell.
I'll have more information on the snow that looks likely on Thursday later in the week.
Here's the forecast for Monday:
1) Cold morning with temperatures below freezing at sunrise. Given the time change sunrise will be an hour earlier at 6:36 a.m.
2) Afternoon is mild with highs in the 50s and sunshine. Watch those fire sources with breezes.
Activity forecast: For all activities prepare to wear a winter coat or jacket of some sort in the morning. For the afternoon, you can wear whatever you wear for 50s. (I say whatever because some say it is warm and some say it is cold.)
Mountain forecast: You get a break from the snow for Monday. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s around sunrise. We see mid 50s in the afternoon and upper 20s at night.
What you need to know, currently.
Currently’s staff reporter, Anna Abraham, is in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, covering COP27 — the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Read Anna’s pre-COP coverage about the conference's focus on climate finance, particularly loss and damage finance — or the financial reparations the Global North owes countries most vulnerable to the climate crisis:
“Losses and damages are mounting for communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis, especially for the poorest who have contributed the least to the problem,” Rachel Cleetus, Policy Director, Climate and Energy Program, Union of Concerned Scientists said in a press conference.
“The success of COP27 depends crucially on the United States and other richer nations living up to their responsibilities to meaningfully address Loss and Damage, including delivering a clear near-term pathway for dedicated and ongoing funding.”
Some leaders are stepping up. Denmark, earlier this year, proposed funding $13.2 million to poorer nations for loss and damage. It is the first central government to do so, breaking away from the European Union consensus in the process. At COP26, Scotland pledged $2 million and the Wallonia region of Belgium earmarked $1 million for loss and damage.”
Anna will be on the ground all week interviewing activists and attendees, follow along on in your inbox and on Twitter.
What you can do, currently.
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