Tuesday's temperatures the hottest so far this year

KUSA - Afternoon highs at DIA have reached the 90 degree mark, making it the first 90 degrees of the year and the hottest temperatures so far.

Here are more Denver 90 degree statistics:

Earliest date: April 30th, 1992

Average date: June 9th

Average 90 degree or higher days per year:

(Since 1872) 30 per year

(From 1984-2013) 41 per year

Latest 90 degree day: October 1st, 1892

Average last day: September 4th, first week of September

Lowest number of 90 degree or higher days was in 1923 and 1967 with 4 days

Strong southwesterly winds Tuesday will bring the dry, hot forecast to the Front Range. Gusts reaching 30 mph will be possible after lunch time. The only chance for rain around the state will be in far northeast Colorado where places near Julesburg and Holyoke will see a threat for severe weather. Large hail and damaging wind will be the primary threats.

A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect for southeast and southwest Colorado until this evening. Gusty winds and very low humidity is increasing the threat of wildfires from Colorado Springs to the southeast and near the four corners. Highs near Lamar and Springfield will be in the triple digits.

Another threat for severe weather arrives to the far eastern plains Wednesday. Large hail and damaging wind will be the main threats. Denver looks dry Wednesday afternoon and slightly cooler with highs in the middle to upper 80s.

Storms return to Denver's forecast Thursday and last through the weekend. Highs on Thursday and Friday will be in the low 80s. Saturday and Sunday will be in the 70s.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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