DENVER (CBS4) – The widespread forest fire smoke that could be seen across Colorado on Monday was expected to decrease on Tuesday afternoon. At the same time, the probability of thunderstorms increases.
The worst smoke for the Denver metropolitan area on Tuesday should be in the morning. Smoke remains in the afternoon, but the smoke concentration should be lower and therefore the air quality should be better.
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Separately, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued another air quality alert for Denver and the Front Range, as well as most of the mountains and much of the Western Slope.
The warning applies specifically to high ozone levels in the metropolitan region until Tuesday at least 4 p.m. and for thick smoke in the mountains until Wednesday at least 9 a.m. Sensitive groups such as young children, older adults, and those with respiratory problems such as asthma are definitely not advised to be outdoors for long periods of time.
Since the smoke situation improves in many places in the second half of Tuesday, there are extensive showers and thunderstorms in the mountains from the afternoon. Some of the storms could hit the Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins areas mainly between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM
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The lowest levels of the atmosphere east of the mountains will remain largely dry, making storms unlikely to produce much rain in the Denver metropolitan area. But gusty winds and of course lightning are possible.
This also includes the start of the MLB All-Star Game, which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at Coors Field. If a gusty thunderstorm affected play, it would likely be brief and during the first few innings of the game.
Looking towards Wednesday, the humidity will finally hit the lower levels of the atmosphere and therefore the chance of getting wet in the afternoon and / or early evening is better than on Tuesday. Most areas along the Front Range should experience at least one or two thunderstorms with slightly cooler temperatures on Wednesday.
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