Warm weather, gusty winds, low humidity and mostly sunny skies will create critical fire concerns for widespread parts of Colorado on Saturday including the metro area.

Winds will increase this afternoon and gust up to 40 mph, especially through Park and southern Jefferson counties, and across the Palmer Divide area, according to the National Weather Service.

A red flag warning for fire danger has been posted for most of the Eastern Plains, South Park, the southern Front Range foothills and the metro area. The warning is from 10 a.m. through 9 p.m. and fire concerns are likely again on Sunday and into next week as warm, dry and sunny weather takes root.

In Denver, skies will be mostly sunny on Saturday with a high temperature near 89 degrees, according to the weather service forecast. Winds will gust to about 33 mph.

On Saturday night in Denver there’s a slight chance for showers and thunderstorms between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m., the weather service said. Skies will be partly cloudy and the low temperature should be near 48 degrees. The chance for precipitation is about 10% and winds will gust to around 31 mph.

On Saturday evening, there’s a slight chance for severe thunderstorms on the northeast plains, mainly in Phillips and Sedgwick counties, with a chance of lightning, strong winds and hail.

On Sunday, Mother’s Day, skies will be mostly sunny in Denver and the high temp will top out near 80 degrees. It will be breezy, with winds gusting to around 26 mph.

Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms are expected late Sunday into early
Monday over the mountains and far northern plains.

On Monday in Denver skies will again be sunny and the high temp will hit about 78 degrees. Winds out of the southwest will gust to about 32 mph.

Warmer weather, with high temps above seasonal norms, is expected into next week and fire concerns will be part of the weather pattern for widespread areas.


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