Denver might have to wait until 2021 to break the record for the number of days at 90 degrees or hotter for the year.
The high temperature was 89 degrees Tuesday, about 10 degrees above average. After dipping into the low 80s Wednesday, the highs are expected to range from the mid to high 80s the rest of the week.
“Some of us had hoped we would hit 90 and break the record,” said Chad Gimmestad, with the National Weather Service in Boulder.
So far, the mercury has reached 90 or above 73 days this year in Denver, the same number as in 2012. Gimmestad said it might be tough to notch another 90-or-plus high to break the record because the days are getting shorter so there’s less time to heat up.
Record-breaker or no, the Denver-area weather is expected to stay sunny, warm and dry for the next several days. Gimmestad said as it has most of the summer, a big ridge of high pressure is keeping conditions warm and preventing the subtropical moisture from flowing up from the south.
A small weather system could bring some rain this weekend, but Gimmestead said it would be “slim pickings.” September is usually a dry month, he added.
However, the difference this summer is that most of Colorado didn’t get the summer monsoon rains. All of Colorado is listed as abnormally dry to being in extreme drought on the U.S. Drought Monitor.