Smoke continues to impact weather; no improvement to ongoing drought

DENVER -- Smoke from large California wildfires continues to impact weather across much of Colorado.

The smoke is expected to remain for several days, keeping temperatures a few degrees cooler than they would be without it.

With a smoky evening expected Thursday, temperatures will slowly cool through the 80s into the upper 70s by 10 p.m.

Overnight temperatures will reach a low of about 60 degrees for the Denver metro area. Low temperatures will dip into the 40s for some mountain communities.

Friday starts off as Thursday did with sunshine. Midday temperatures warm into the mid-80s, then scattered thunderstorms will form to impact late afternoon and evening plans.

The biggest threat from Friday's storms will be lightning. The overall storm chance is 40 percent, which is higher than anything coming through during the next five days.

Throughout the weekend, an isolated storm is possible. However, conditions will be mostly dry and sunny.

The smoke-filled sky will keep temperatures in the low- to mid-90s for Saturday and Sunday.

Early next week will be much the same: Highs will be in the upper 80s to lower 90s. There will be some scattered thunderstorms and smoky skies.

The latest drought monitor indicates virtually no improvement in the drought despite heavy periods of rainfall during the last couple of weeks.

Colorado is experiencing the third-worst drought since 2000. Denver is in its 14th driest year to date on record. Those records date back to the late 1800s.