Denver weather: Hot, dry and smoky conditions lead to bad air quality

Another hot, dry and smoky day is forecast on Wednesday for the Denver metro and surrounding areas, creating unhealthy weather conditions for sensitive groups.

The day calls for a high of 88 degrees and a low of 57, with widespread smoke, according to the National Weather Service. The agency issued a hazardous weather outlook alert for northeast and north central Colorado, warning of more dry conditions with smoke through Friday, with potentially record high temperatures Thursday and Friday. This weekend, the high country could see some evening showers and storms with some cooler temperatures in the plains.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an air quality alert at least through 4 p.m. Wednesday in the seven counties in the Denver and Boulder metro area, recommending that people limit driving gas or diesel vehicles.

“Hot, dry weather combined with an influx of out-of-state wildfire smoke will allow both ozone and fine particulate concentrations to reach the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category on Tuesday and Wednesday. … Additional air pollution in this region may directly worsen air quality or contribute to precursors which may also adversely affect air quality,” the alert stated.

The National Weather Service in Boulder expects the smoke to be the worst in the northwest third of the state.


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