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Heat Advisory issued for Front Range on Friday for first time in 14 years

The advisory for Friday is the first Heat Advisory for the Front Range since 2008, and only the second on record.

DENVER — A rare Heat Advisory will go into effect for Denver and the entire Front Range on Friday, with high temperatures set to top out near 100 degrees over much of the metro area.

This is the first Heat Advisory for the Front Range since August 1-3, 2008, and only the second on record.

Heat Advisories are rare in Colorado because temperatures typically cool off enough at night.

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But, the National Weather Service recently redefined the criteria for heat alerts, factoring in a combination of the length of the forecast heat, the overall risk of the heat to the public, and the seasonality of it.

In other words, the National Weather Service is now factoring in other criteria aside from just temperatures. This week's mid-June heat is unusually early to get temperatures this warm. Plus, it'll be hot for a long time on Friday and it'll pose a risk for people spending long amounts of time outside.

And speaking of temperatures, it's going to be really hot along the Front Range on Friday. The mercury will likely hit 90 degrees around 9 or 10 a.m. on Friday morning, and highs will soar to near 100 degrees by mid-to-late Friday afternoon. It probably won't cool below 90 degrees until 6 or 7 p.m. on Friday evening.

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Additionally, wildfire smoke from fires in Arizona and New Mexico will make outdoor activities extra strenuous. It's probably a good idea to stay inside for the majority of the day on Friday.

The heat should gradually ease by Saturday and Sunday, with better chances for afternoon showers and storms each day.

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