Warmth, storms, and rather less smoke – CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS) – A persistent high pressure ridge trapped over the southwest last week has finally shifted east into the Rocky Mountain region.

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This should increase the heat across the state for both Saturday and Sunday. At the same time, the ridge should help to thin out the smoky haze that haunted our region in the last week. It won’t completely remove the smoke, but the concentrations should be a little lighter.

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As a result, Routt County in the Steamboat Springs area is still on an Air Quality Alert due to the wildfire smoke from the Morgan Creek Fire. In the greater Denver area and in the Front Range Cities there is an air quality alarm mainly for higher ozone levels caused by the summer heat.

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Another characteristic of the high pressure ridge shift is that monsoon moisture is shifted from west to east by the state. This should be enough for isolated storms to develop by the afternoon.

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Some of the storms can become severe over the eastern plains of the state until late in the day.

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