Denver weather: Winds, fire danger to start the week. An arctic blast to end it.

Enjoy Monday’s above-average warmth because Denver is in for an arctic blast later this week.

The National Weather Service in Boulder warns of critical fire danger in the southern Foothills on Monday. There was a few flare ups  Sunday including a 100-acre fire in Lakewood and another at Cherry Creek State Park.

The mild temperatures will push the high to 51 degrees under mostly sunny skies Monday. Winds could gust up to 25 mph as the sunsets and the temperature drops to 22 degrees.

Tuesday will be seasonal and mostly sunny with a high of 43 and a low of 23 degrees.

Wednesday will be more of the same with a high of 44 degrees and a low of 17.

Thursday will have a high of 40 with snow developing in the afternoon. Temperatures will plunge to 11 degrees overnight. Lows later in the week and over the weekend could be in the single digits.

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