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Denver hits 96, breaking daily record high; cold front arrives Thursday

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DENVER (KDVR) — Denver hit 96 degrees Tuesday, breaking the daily record high for June 16 last set in 2017.

Smoky skies continued Tuesday across Colorado. Smoke from three different wildfires is being transported in on the heels of a strong southwest wind.

Expect hazy sunshine in Denver, Boulder, Loveland and Fort Collins. High wildfire danger remains.

The mountains can expect hazy, smoky sunshine and highs in the 70s and 80s. Gusty afternoon winds of 20-45 mph are forecast.

Wednesday is similar but with a 10% chance of an afternoon thunderstorm over the mountains. High wildfire danger continues.

A cold front arrives early Thursday with a 20-degree temperature drop across the Front Range. Highs will be in the mid-70s. This cold front may help clear the air of smoke.

We have a chance for rain showers on Friday morning and afternoon. The chance will be about 40% across the Front Range. Highs will be in the mid-70s.

Eighties return on Saturday and Sunday with sunshine and 10% chances of afternoon thunderstorms.

Smoke Outlook for 6/16/2020.  Meteorologist Chris Tomer.

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