The Denver and Front Range area will have cloudy and smoky skies with poor air quality Saturday and Sunday as smoke from the West Coast wildfires flows into Colorado.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a “Multiple Pollutant Action Day” for the metropolitan area, including Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer, Weld and West Adams and Arapahoe counties. . The alert runs until 4pm on Saturday.
The “smoke front” runs from northwest to southeast across Colorado. Be prepared for heavy smoke impacts this weekend, as advisories are in effect throughout the state. Take it easy and stay indoors during periods of high smoke. #fire https://t.co/y67j4L0K8R https://t.co/HFYwCmPxxI pic.twitter.com/BBgMsW6M3u
– CDPHE Air Pollution (@cdpheapcd) August 7, 2021
Smoky skies are expected in Denver on Saturday with a high temperature of 87 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Winds could blow at 18 mph. The low temperature at night will drop to about 61 degrees.
Only a single rain or storm is possible this afternoon over the Front Range Mountains and the northeast corner of the state, according to the weather service. Fire hazards will be increased by northwesterly winds and low humidity.
On Sunday in Denver, smoky skies will linger as the high temperature rises to about 95 degrees, the weather service said.
Hot, dry and smoky conditions are expected for most of next week in northeastern Colorado, raising concerns about fire hazards. However, there will be an increase in humidity at the end of the week with the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms returning to forecast.
Meanwhile, people are urged to avoid prolonged outdoor activities, keep windows closed if possible, and monitor those with breathing problems due to smoky skies and poor air quality.
Concentrations of fine particulates could be elevated to the category “Harmful to health” as California smoke
wildfires reach the Front Range, according to the CDPHE. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or strenuous exertion. Everyone else should cut back on prolonged or heavy activities.