More heat, wind and fire danger before big cool down Friday

DENVER -- The soaring temperatures and strong wind will be sticking around for another day.

That combination of hot, windy and dry conditions will keep fire danger high again Thursday.

And another record high temperature is within reach. The record for the date Thursday is 79 degrees in 1976.

It will be warm early Thursday with temperatures in the 40s before 8 a.m., but then quickly hitting the 70s before the lunch hour.

The afternoon will be quite warm, but the wind will be a pain. This wind will shift, in a big way, Friday.

Temperatures will fall some 30 to 40 degrees into the 40s for highs on Friday.  However, the wind will continue to howl with speeds up to 45 mph.

There will also be rain and mostly snow in the greater metro area throughout the day.

The mountains and foothills could get up to 4 inches and south of downtown could get up to 1 inch.

There could also be several inches of accumulation on the far eastern Plains.

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