Colorado has been baking the past several days in over 100 degree heat. It's not just Colorado though. Several surrounding states have seen scorching temperatures due to a large ridge of high pressure out west. The jet stream has surged well north into the prairie provinces of Canada. Below you can see a map of the jet stream that's been outlined in red. Under that ridge are some of the hottest temperatures so far this year, and as the ridge moves east so will the hot weather.
Check out these high temperatures from today! Some impressive heat. Denver topped out at 105 degrees tying the all-time high temperature for the city. Denver reached this record last time fairly recently back on July 20, 2005 then way back on August 8, 1878. Interestingly, both later in the summer than the newly added record high. This also marks the fourth day in a row Denver has been sweating at or above 100 degrees.
More records were tied over the weekend. In Las Animas, CO the mercury soared to 114 degrees. This tied the hottest temperature ever recorded in the whole state of Colorado. The record is shared with July 11, 1954 in Sedgwick and once again in Las Animas way back on July 1, 1933. This really goes to show how impressive this heatwave is so early in the year. Colorado Springs topped out at 100 degrees both Saturday and Sunday making it now a six date tie for record warmest temperature ever.
Not every town tied. La Junta, CO reached 110 degrees on Sunday making it the all time hottest temperature on record for the city. Several records were either tied or broken just over the border in Kansas as well from this weekend.
All this hot and also dry weather has been bad news for firefighters. As you can see by the map below, there are several wildfires raging in the state. Temperatures look to finally fall below the century mark by Wednesday, but these wildfires will still be a big issue.
As you can see above a large swath of real estate from South Dakota down to Texas will see high temperatures in the 100s on Tuesday. This big bubble of heat will continue moving east through the rest of the workweek. By Thursday places like Chicago, St. Louis, and Dallas will be sweltering in the 100s. The heat will then shift to the eastern U.S. by late this week into the weekend. Although we wont see highs in the 100s, we will get some 90s into Western Wisconsin on Wednesday and Thursday. The high humidity will make up for the difference in temperatures. It's going to be pretty oppressive. Stay cool!