Colorado Springs residents broke out the shades and shorts Friday as the city tied a record high temperature for the day that had stood for 51 years. The National Weather Service reported that the temperature rose to 88 between 4 and 5 p.m.
The hottest day of 2005 so far tied the previous high temperature for May 20, set in 1954. Denver and Pueblo also tied records, said weather service spokesman Richard Griggs. Denver reached 91 degrees, and Pueblo hit 94. But Alamosa was the big record-breaker in the state, smashing the old record of 80 by 7 degrees Friday. The forecast for today calls for slightly cooler temperatures — but not by much. Griggs said it could still get close to the record high of 86 — also set in 1954. This evening will bring a weak cold front, which will drop Sunday temperatures by 10 or 15 degrees, Griggs said. There’s also a chance of afternoon showers.