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Denver weather: Warm, dry, windy weather raises widespread fire concerns

Denver weather: Warm, dry, windy weather raises widespread fire concerns

Warm, dry and windy weather is raising fire concerns along the Front Range and Interstate 25 corridor, including the metro area, where a Red Flag Warning is posted Saturday and Sunday.

The Palmer Divide, Cheyenne Ridge and parts of the Eastern Plains are under the Red Flag Warming which posted at 11 am Saturday and runs through 8 pm, according to the National Weather Service. The warning comes down overnight but it will be in effect again on Sunday.

Winds out of the west on Saturday will gust to 30 mph in widespread areas with northwest winds gusting to 45 mph on Sunday, according to the weather service. Relative humidity will be as low as 11%.

“Any fire that develops will likely spread rapidly,” the weather service warns. “Outdoor burning should be avoided, as well as any activity that may produce a spark and start a fast-moving wildfire.”

In Denver on Saturday skies will be mostly cloudy and the high temperature will climb to around 76 degrees, according to the weather service forecast. Winds will gust to about 25 mph.

Showers and storms will develop late this afternoon over the northern mountains and will continue overnight. Higher mountain ridges and peaks will see up to 4 inches of new snow.

On Sunday in Denver skies will be sunny with a high temperature of 60 degrees, according to the NWS forecast, as winds gust to 33 mph. The overnight low will be near 33 degrees.

Windy weather is expected again on Monday across the plains, the weather service said. A strong storm system moves into the area Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing a good chance for snowfall in the mountains.

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