Denver sets record high temperature for second consecutive day

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DENVER -- Denver recorded a record high temperature Thursday for the second consecutive day, the National Weather Service said.

The temperature hit 71 degrees at 12:11 p.m. at Denver International Airport, the city's official reporting station, breaking a record that had stood for 47 years. The previous record high was 70 degrees on Feb. 16, 1970.

The high peaked at 75 degrees at 3 p.m.

Denver broke a 31-year-old record Wednesday with a high of 67 degrees, breaking the previous record high for Feb. 15 by one degree.

On Feb. 10, Denver reached a staggering 80 degrees, the warmest day in February since record keeping began in the late 1800s.

Sunshine covered the Front Range and the state on Thursday, with breezy conditions east of the Continental Divide. Temperatures in the mountains will reach into the 40s with some 50s recorded.

The warm and dry pattern will continue into the weekend, though with more clouds on Saturday and Sunday. There's a 10 percent chance of a rain shower on Sunday but both days will be in the 60s.

The mountains could see light rain or snow on Saturday across the Western Slope. The better chance of rain and snow in the mountains is Sunday into early Monday. Snow levels start high, then gradually drop.

There's a 20 percentĀ of a rain shower on Monday, but temperatures will remain well above average in the low 60s.

Denver's snowfall is a foot below average and total precipitation is about a half-inch below average.

But March is Denver's snowiest month, and the city was hit by strong snowstorms in March and April last year after dry stretches in January and February.