Warm sunny weather will be followed by a slight chance of showers on Wednesday afternoon in Denver, the National Weather Service said.

Winds are expected to reach between 5 and 10 mph, with gusts up to 16 mph, as the high rises to 81 degrees.

The end of this week will see active weather with a classic Colorado “fire and ice” forecast. Thursday will be hot, dry, and windy with fire weather concerns. (first 2 images) Then, a near record cold airmass will arrive Friday bringing a chance of snow. (last 2 images) #COwx pic.twitter.com/OZpGvlkSHx

— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) May 18, 2022

Thunderstorms are expected in the southern Colorado, bringing lighting, gusty winds, hail and rain to the region through the afternoon, the weather service said.

Thursday is expected to reach a high of 88 degrees under sunny skies, with winds reaching 8 to 16 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph. The weather is bringing about a fire weather watch warning from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the weather service said.

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Denver weather: High fire danger Thursday followed by cold storm Friday with chance of snow

The temperature is expected to drop drastically to a high of 49 degrees on Friday, with rain coming to the region. Overnight temperatures Friday are expected to fall to 32 degrees and bring snow showers through Saturday.

Storms are expected Saturday night before the weather warms to 63 degrees on Sunday.

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