DENVER (CBS4) – August is typically a warm month across Colorado with an almost daily dose of afternoon showers and thunderstorms, thanks to the monsoon.
In some years, it even features a preview of autumn, as cold fronts move south out of Canada.
By the last half of the month, you can often spot the first signs of fall in the high country, with a hint of fall color.
AUGUST IN DENVER
In Denver, it’s the second warmest month on average, with daytime highs ranging from 84-90° and overnight lows 54-60°.
But temperatures can be extreme in the Mile High City, ranging from a record low of 40° to a record high of 105°!
Denver’s average August precipitation is 1.69 inches with about 9 days out of the month featuring rainfall.
Rain and lightning are the primary weather hazards, with flash floods one of the biggest threats, due to slow-moving afternoon thunderstorms.
But hail and isolated tornadoes are also possible.
While snow can fall in the mountains during August, it has never been measured at Denver’s official weather station.
This year, the latest data from the Climate Prediction Center calls for the pattern we saw in July to continue, at least for the next few weeks.
In fact, there’s a good chance that Colorado will see normal to above-normal precipitation with temperatures that run at or slightly below average.
The National Weather Service in Boulder says the 30-year average for Denver shows highs mainly in the 80s with lows in the 50s during August. (credit: CBS)
The August 2014 national temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center, released on July 31, 2014. (credit CBS)
The August 2014 national precipitation outlook from the Climate Prediction Center, released on July 31, 2014. (credit CBS)