Denver weather: Potential afternoon storms could help air quality

Much of the Front Range is under an air quality alert Sunday, with the National Weather Service warning of unhealthy ozone levels expected to last until the early evening.

The air quality is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, like children or those with respiratory conditions or lung diseases, and the National Weather Service urges people in those groups to limit their time outside Sunday.

Separately, Routt County is under an air quality alert Sunday because of wildfire smoke from both the Morgan Creek fire, which is burning about 15 miles north of Steamboat Springs, as well as out-of-state wildfires, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Smoke in Routt County is expected to be heaviest around the Elk River Valley and near Glen Eden and Clark. That alert expires at 9 a.m. Monday.

The ozone air quality alert for the Front Range is set to expire at 4 p.m., around the time the region could see some afternoon thunderstorms, according to the weather service.

Denver will see a high of about 91 degrees Sunday, with a 40% chance of thunderstorms after 3 p.m. The warm weather will continue to heat up this week, with highs expected to climb to 97 on Wednesday.

Residents can expect mostly sunny weather this week, with some afternoon storms.

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