With two days left in the month, it is clear March 2012 will go into the Denver weather history books as the driest, least snowiest and one of the warmest on record. Friday and the weekend ahead are going to continue the same weather pattern and may set yet another record.
With a mere 0.03 inch of precipitation recorded this month and only a trace of snow, this March has been an extraordinarily dry one, the driest on record in fact. Temperatures have clearly been unusually warm as well and may very well enter the books as the warmest on record.
Friday is going to continue that trend as we close out the workweek with a day much like we have seen the rest of the month. High temperatures in the Denver area will be around 77 degrees, well above the normal for the date of 58 degrees.
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For Saturday it is going to be borderline hot and the day may set two high temperature records. There will be plenty of sun as we head for a forecast high of 85 degrees.
Should we reach that mark, we will break the high temperature record for the date of 80 degrees set in 1946. Further, that would go into the books as the warmest day ever recorded during the month of March. The current record is 84 degrees set on March 26, 1971.
We do expect to see some high clouds in the afternoon tomorrow so whether or not the mercury climbs quite that high is uncertain.
Sunday is going to follow suit and once again threaten to set a record. Highs are forecast to be around 83 degrees. The record high temperature for April 1 is 78 degrees set in 2004.
While the winds today and this weekend will remain relatively calm, the fire danger is going to remain very high. Residents need to exercise extreme caution, even if there is no watch or warning.
We desperately need some precipitation and it looks like Mother Nature is finally going to oblige us Sunday night and through Monday. An approaching cold front is going to drop temperatures and a trough is going to pull in some moisture.
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Some rain showers are expected develop late Sunday night and into Monday followed by a rain / snow mix early Monday. Right now it doesn’t appear the metro area will see any snow accumulations although there may be some in the foothills.
High temperatures on Monday will be around 53 degrees, the first day with below normal temperatures since March 20th.
The cooler and wetter weather will be short-lived however. A gradual warm up begins on Tuesday and we may be seeing the 80s again before the end of next week.
Get the complete Denver forecast for today and through the weekend in the slideshow.