DENVER(CBS)- On the weather map we have a ridge of high pressure in the southwest rotating heat and a little shot of moisture into Colorado.

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The heat will not only send Colorado highs soaring but, a huge chunk of the western U.S. is looking at temperatures up in the 90s and 100s for Thursday.

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In our state temperatures will be in the 90s and 100s across the Western Slope and Eastern Plains with 80s and 90s in the mountains.

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Denver’s Record High is 103° set in 1989! The forecast should be able to get to 100° missing the record mark by just 3 degrees! Denver’s Record High on Friday is 98° also set in 1989. Right now it looks like we have a good chance to tie or break that record.

There is a shot of moisture in the current flow pattern that may help to get a few cooling afternoon and early evening thunderstorms going on an isolated basis. The water vapor imagery shows the moisture pushing into the central Rockies.

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With the added cloud build up and spotty storms that may help ease the heat late in the day.

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Meteorologist Dave Aguilera