DENVER — Flash back to June 25, 1878.
Rutherford B. Hayes was President of the United States and Denverites were marveling at an amazing new device: the telephone.
It was also the last time Denver reached a high temperature of 105 degrees. That is, until Monday.
The mercury hit 105 at exactly 3:34 p.m., tying the all-time mark, according to the National Weather Service.
Not only was it the hottest day ever in Denver, it was also the hottest day recorded in the month of June, and the fourth consecutive 100-degree-plus day in the Mile High City.
“This is very unusual to see these kinds of temperatures this early in the summer,” said Pinpoint Weather chief meteorologist Dave Fraser. “It’s not just historic, but also extremely dangerous and unpleasant.”
Amazingly, no heat-related deaths have been reported in the metro area.
Denver’s longest stretch of 100-degree days was July 19-23, 2005, and Fraser says that record will certainly be tied, and could be broken this week.
“I’m forecasting a high of 102 on Tuesday, and even Wednesday has a chance of reaching triple-digits.”
Temperatures begin to “cool” on Friday with a forecast high of 95. No significant rain is in the forecast.