Record high temperatures expected in Denver next 2 days

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DENVER -- Warm, dry conditions that have been a staple in Denver and the Front Range all month are expected to continue Thursday with record high temperatures forecast for the next two days.

Denver will threaten the 50-year-old record high of 80 degrees on Thursday. Skies will be sunny with a few wave clouds at times blocking the sun.

On Friday, the record high likely will fall with a forecast high of 82. The record is 80 degrees set in 1994. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy.

The mountains will remain mild and dry with highs in the 60s and a few 70s.

Temperatures will cool a bit for the weekend, but Saturday looks sunny and warm before more clouds spread in on Sunday. Temperatures will be in the mid-70s for both days.

Halloween will be mostly clear and warm with a high of 75. Temperatures will dip into the 60s and 50s for trick-or-treaters.

Denver currently is sitting on the fifth-warmest October on record. With no snow in the forecast, it will be a rare snowless October for Denver. In the past 30 years, it either snows or there is snow on the ground on Halloween about 60 percent of the time.

The average first date for snow in Denver is Oct. 18, but it could be a couple of weeks before the first flakes hit the Mile High City. The latest date of first snow on record for Denver occurred on Nov. 21, 1934.

This will be the 19th snowless October since 1882. There were another 17 years when only a trace of snow fell in October.

Only 1.83 inches of rain have fallen in Denver since July 1. The latest Drought Monitor shows 3.5 percent of Colorado has slipped into a Stage 1 drought.