Denver breaks second record high in a row: One nearly 50 years old

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DENVER — A record high for Denver was set Wednesday when the temperature peaked at 67 degrees at Denver International Airport, the official reporting station for the city.

The previous record high for Feb. 15 was 66 degrees in 1986 when the official reporting station was the old Stapleton International Airport.

The city set another record high Thursday. The previous record for Feb. 16 was 70 from 1970, but temperatures reached 75 making this year the new record holder.

This is after the city had already set the hottest temperature ever recorded in the month of February, which was 80 on the 10th.

This month has been quite warm, at more than 10 degrees above average for Denver. The warm trend continues through next week.

The U.S. has had more than 900 record highs set this week alone and warmer than average conditions are expected to continue in our region. The next best chance to cool down to average and below temperatures in the mid-40s won’t be until near Feb. 25.

This heat is part of a dry stretch of weather for the metro area. Denver’s snowfall this season is a foot below average and total precipitation is about a half-inch below average.

Colorado is in its fifth-wettest water year (since Oct. 1), yet the dry and warm stretch will result in the ranking to drop.