Widespread smoke is expected in the Denver metro area and along the Front Range on Tuesday as unseasonably warm and dry weather lingers in northeastern Colorado.
Elevated fire danger is expected all week as a warm and dry airmass remains in place over northeastern Colorado, according to the National Weather Service. High temperatures are expected to remain above seasonal norms, and afternoon humidity level should be between 5% and 15%. Winds are expected to calm down on Tuesday and be “fairly light.”
Smoke from the Cameron Peak and Mullen fires have trigged and air quality alert for the Denver metro area and along the Front Range.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued an action day for particulates until 4 p.m. Tuesday. Counties under the warning are: Douglas, Jefferson, Denver, western Arapahoe, western Adams, Broomfield, Boulder, Larimer and Weld.
Moderate to heavy smoke is expected to linger through Tuesday morning throughout the Front Range, the health department said.
People are urged to stay indoors if smoke becomes thick in their area. People with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young and older people will be especially susceptible to the smoke-filled air.
In Denver, the high temperature on Tuesday is expected to reach 83 degrees, according to the weather service, with similar high temps on Wednesday and Thursday.
Fire dangers will increase again on Saturday as strong winds move into the area ahead of an approaching storm. Precipitation is back in the Denver weather forecast late Saturday night, the weather service said, as an upper level storm moves through the area into Monday.
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