A cyclist at Garden of the Gods. File photo. Photo Credit: SWKrullImaging (iStock).

A cyclist at Garden of the Gods.

Colorado Springs broke its daily heat record on Tuesday during near-critical fire weather conditions, as a persistent drought spread across the state, according to the National Weather Service. 

At around 11:30 a.m., the temperature in Colorado Springs hit 70 degrees, eclipsing the city's previous record of 69 degrees, set in 1925.

"While there are several hours left in the afternoon, increasing cloud cover will make any further warming difficult," the weather service tweeted.  

A red flag warning was issued, meaning the conditions are considered critical or near critical.

Chances of snow showers return to the area on Wednesday, with expected highs near 45 degrees. 

Denver has been experiencing an unseasonably dry fall as well. In fact, since Monday, Denver has broken the record for consecutive days without measurable snow in the city on a daily basis. 

The Colorado Climate Center predicts La Niña weather pattern to push dry conditions through the state into next spring.

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