Colorado weather: 90-degree heat returns to Denver, afternoon thunderstorms over the plains

After two days of heavy rain, large hail and damaging winds, a prolonged heat wave is set to hit Colorado on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

“Heat incoming! Prolonged period of above-normal temps expected through next week,” the weather service wrote Saturday in a social media post.

Temperatures are expected to spike into the upper 90s in the metro area, Interstate 25 corridor and Eastern Plains, NWS forecasters said. The plains will see 100-degree weather on Sunday and Monday.

While temperatures in the Denver area likely won’t hit 100 degrees this week, it might come close, forecasters said. The city will see a high of 91 degrees Saturday before the heat jumps into the upper 90s Sunday and Monday, topping out around 97 degrees.

Overnight Saturday, temperatures will cool to a low of 62 degrees, NWS forecasters said.

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Despite the potential for afternoon rain showers and thunderstorms entering the picture for the Denver area Tuesday, a below-90-degree day is not on the forecast, according to NWS.

The Denver area can expect a hot, dry weekend, but thunderstorms will hit the Eastern Plains Saturday afternoon and eveningNWS forecasters said. The storms will produce wind gusts of up to 45 mph, but forecasters don’t expect hail or tornado touchdowns.

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