Denver weather: How hot has it really been this summer

If you think it has been hot this summer in Denver, you are not crazy. We’ve had multiple days this summer where we have not only broken, but exceeded the record high temperature set for that day.

Once we break down the numbers so far for the summer, Denver has seen:

  • Five days of 100 degrees or higher
  • Forty-four days of 90 degrees or higher
  • Five days either tied or broke the record high temperature

Forecast highs for today in Denver are in the mid to upper 90s. If we were to reach 100 degrees today, not only would we tie a record, but we could also take the third spot in most 100 degree days.

Once Denver reaches above 90 degrees today, that will be 45 days this summer that the city has seen 90-degree temperatures or above. This could also mean that the city would be in the top three of the hottest summers on record.

The National Weather Service (NWS) defines summer from June 1 to August 31.

Caitlyn Mensch at the NWS Boulder office says they are hoping to not break any records with the heat this summer, but that, “We are keeping track of the number of the 90 degree days on our board.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stated that it was Earth’s hottest July on record. In the 142 years of record keeping, the globe averaged 62.07 degrees last month. This beat the previous record set in July 2016 and tied again in 2019 and 2020. As for temperatures for Denver last month, temperatures ranked in the top 33rd percentile for most of the state, according to Colorado State University.

And if you’re not a fan of the heat, we do have a cool down in the forecast for the next several days. A cold front will move through the area, bringing storm chances and high temperatures in the 80s through Saturday.

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