Denver set a new record Tuesday for the amount of 90-degree (plus) days in September when the mercury hit the mark early this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
It hit 90 degrees in the city at 12:16 p.m., said Ayesha Wilkinson, a NWS meteorologist, before climbing to 91 degrees. Tuesday’s mark is the 10th 90-degree, or above, reading this month. Past years with nine days of 90, or above, temperature readings in Denver in September were 1895, 2005, 2017 and 2018.
“It has been above normal for most of the season,” Wilkinson said. “It has been a hot year for us.”
Seasonally, starting Jan. 1, Denver is in third place historically with 67 days this year with 90-degree, or above, temperatures, Wilkinson said. In first place is 2020, with 75 days, and second is 2012 with 73 days.
Will the heat — 90-degree plus days — keep coming?
“Right now, in the long term, it doesn’t look like it,” Wilkinson said. “But it is possible we can get another one, it is not out of the question.”
Denver’s weather will take a much cooler turn on Wednesday as a cold front pushes into the region bringing widespread chances for rainfall, with heavy rain in some areas. The forecast high temperature in Denver on Wednesday, according to the weather service forecast, is 62 degrees with 69 degrees expected on Thursday.
High temperatures in the metro area are expected to climb back up into the low 80s on Friday and Saturday before a dip into the mid-70s on Sunday heading into the last week of the month.