It is official – we have broken Denver’s 107 year old record of consecutive days with over 90 degree temperatures. Thursday marked day 19 in the streak, moving past the old record of 18 days set way back in 1901 and 1874.
At the current time, it looks like the 90+ degree heat will continue until Wednesday at the earliestso the streak could number around 24 days or so by the time it is done. Thornton’s forecast calls for 101 degrees Friday, 100 Saturday and 98 on Sunday so the weekend will be a hot one for sure. This gives us the potential to break Denver’s all-time record for August 1st and 2nd of 100 degrees (set in 1938 and 1878 respectively). Thankfully it doesn’t look like we will break the overall all-time Denver temperature record of 105 so you can consider that a bit of a silver lining. 🙂
As a sidenote, the weather geeks at ThorntonWeather.com are actually hoping we break 100 degrees today. Since going into service in October 2006, we have never recorded a 100 degree or higher temperature. In the 21 months we have been in operation, the highest we have measured is 99.7 degrees (on August 13, 2007).
It is important to note that a Heat Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for between 1:00pm and 9:00pm today. This means that precautions should be taken to ensure you and those you know are safe and are careful in the extreme heat. Children and the elderly in particular need to be watched closely and everyone should drink plenty of fluids and most likely simply stay indoors. Below is the text of the advisory:
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO
349 AM MDT FRI AUG 1 2008
..WARMEST TEMPERATURES OF THE SUMMER POSSIBLE TODAY…
A PERSISTENT HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE OVER THE SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES WILL PRODUCE VERY WARM TEMPERATURES OVER NORTHEASTERN COLORADO TOAY. HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO CLIMB ABOVE 100 DEGREES ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST COLORADO.
A HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING.
TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE PLAINS ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE LOW AND MID 90S BY EARLY AFTERNOON. READINGS ARE THEN EXPECTED TO PEAK BETWEEN 98 AND 103 DEGREES BY MID AFTERNOON. THE MERCURY WILL PROBABLY REMAIN ABOVE THE 90 DEGREE LEVEL UNTIL MID- EVENING.
A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. SUNNY SKIES…HOT TEMPERATURES AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…STAY IN AN AIR- CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN…AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.