Afternoon sky, 6/16/2021

Downtown Colorado Springs, 6/16/2021

Temperatures reached 100 degrees in Colorado Springs Wednesday, marking the hottest day in the city since June 2018.

KKTV meteorologist Christina Sanjuan tweeted that Wednesday marked the 10th time the city has reached 100 degrees in recorded history.

The previous June 16 record was 93, set last year.

Colorado Springs residents also faced 16 mph winds that pointed north-northeast on Wednesday.

Temperatures are forecast to stay in the 90s until Friday and dip into the 80s before jumping back into the 90s for the weekend, the weather service says. Slight chances of afternoon thunderstorms and rain are likely into the weekend, according to the agency.

Temperatures reached similar heights elsewhere in Colorado as well, Wednesday. In Pueblo, the National Weather Service reported temperatures that reached 97 degrees despite severe thunderstorm warnings in the area.

Further west, the National Weather Service in Grand Junction tweeted that temperatures had reached 105 degrees, which broke the area's 1896 June 16 record of 100 degrees, and tied Grand Junction's overall temperature record for June.

A spokesman with the National Weather Service in Pueblo said the high temperatures were a result of a pressure system in the southwestern corner of the state.

"It's a high pressure center sitting on the Four Corners area, dumping hot air on Colorado," the spokesman said. "It's gotten hot."

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