Latest Forecast: Windy & Warm With Increasing Fire Danger

March 28, 2015 10:43 AM

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Written by Meteorologist Chris Spears

DENVER (CBS4) – Warm temperatures, low relative humidity and gusty winds will combine to drive up the fire danger today in some areas along the Front Range.

In fact temperatures will be running up to 25 degrees above normal.

Today’s record high in Denver is 83°F from 1963 and we’ll be pretty close, likely within 5 to 7 degrees.

A weak weather system will approach this afternoon.

Ahead of it the winds will be gusty at times, especially in the foothills west and northwest of Denver and on portions of the eastern plains.

Those winds will combine with very warm temperatures and low relative humidity to create fire weather concerns in some areas, especially north and west of Denver, where a Red Flag Warning will be in effect from 12 pm to 6pm.

While a fire could develop and rapidly spread anywhere, the risk today is highest right along the base of the foothills and in northern Weld County.

This image is from the free CBS Denver Weather app. (credit: CBS) This image is from the free CBS Denver Weather app. (credit: CBS)

As that weather system passes by this evening it will be dragging a weak cool front with it.

It could kick up a few very light showers after 4 pm but nothing heavy is expected.

Temperatures will be about 10 to 15 degrees cooler on Sunday.

The week ahead will start off quiet and mild with our next storm system approaching by late Wednesday.

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