Denver weather: An air-quality alert is posted for the metro area on Saturday.

Denver’s weather will be sunny and pleasant on Saturday, although the metro area is under an air-quality alert.

On Saturday the temperature will climb to a high of about 82 degrees under mostly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued an ozone action day alert for the metro area through 4 p.m. Saturday.

Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, western Arapahoe, western Adams, Larimer, and Weld Counties are under the alert. Health officials urge the public to cut down on driving gasoline-powered vehicles if possible. “Ozone is expected to reach the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category on Saturday,” the CDPHE said. People with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce outdoor exertion and exercise.

Widely scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms are possible on Saturday along the foothills south of Interstate 70 and along the Palmer Divide, the weather service said. Brief but heavy rain, small hail and winds gusting to 40 mph will be produced by the storms.

Saturday night in Denver skies will be mostly clear and the low temperature will be about 55 degrees, according to the weather service.

Sunday and Monday, Labor Day, in Denver skies will be sunny with the high temperature topping out at 87 and 91, respectively. Dry weather conditions are expected Sunday through Thursday, with a chance of late-day showers and thunderstorms over the mountains west of the metro area on Friday.

 

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