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DENVER — So far, although early, July has been running right on track for average temperatures. The month started cool with highs in the 70s, but temperatures bounced back quickly.

July 4 started a trend of 90s. Including Monday, there have been 13 days of 90s this year with 98 degrees being the hottest temperature.

An average summer will bring 43 days of 90s to Denver International Airport and this summer is on track to match that, especially after we go through the upcoming stretch of 90s into next week.

In 2012 there had been 24 days of 90s by this point on the way to a staggering 73 days of 90s, the most ever for DIA.

Fewer afternoon storms means a lower chance to cool off each day and keep afternoon temperatures in the 80s. Instead, highs near 90 and above are expected Wednesday through the weekend.

The longest run of 90s this year has been four days. This new stretch should beat that, but isn’t likely to set any records for the longest stretch of 90s. We’d have to get to 11 days or more to even make the top 10 list.

The top 10 consecutive 90-degree days at DIA

  • 24 days ending on Aug. 3, 2012
  • 24 days ending on Aug. 5, 2008
  • 18 days ending on Aug. 1, 2011
  • 17 days ending on July 15, 2000
  • 15 days ending on July 6, 2012
  • 13 days ending on July 3, 2002
  • 12 days ending on July 16, 2005
  • 12 days ending on July 21, 2003
  • 12 days ending on Aug. 11, 2000
  • 11 days ending on July 9, 2007

This hotter period also marks a drier period. Instead of frequent thunderstorms, we are dialing the storm chances down to isolated ones for the next week.

This and the heat will raise the fire danger and the drought numbers might begin to increase, too. So far, the drought across Colorado remains minimal; great news there.