Denver weather: Warm, sunny and dry with near record-high temps.

Unseasonably warm weather, sunny skies, low humidity and gusty winds will elevate fire concerns this weekend east of Denver where red flag warnings are posted.

Near record-high temperatures are expected along the Front Range today and Sunday, with Denver’s high temperature topping out in the upper 70s under sunny skies on both days, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

On Saturday afternoon, “critical fire danger” is expected in eastern Elbert, Lincoln and Washington counties, including areas around Limon and Akron, according to the weather service. Winds will gust to about 30 mph and a red flag fire warning is posted from noon until 6 p.m. Any outdoor burning or activities that produce a spark or possible fire ignition should be avoided. The red flag warning also includes South Park and the northside of the Palmer Divide.

Overnight in Denver skies will be clear and the low temperature should be around 41 degrees.

Cooler weather will stream into the area on Monday, with Denver’s high temperature topping out at a more seasonable 58 degrees, according to the weather service forecast. Snow showers are expected in the mountains Tuesday night into Wednesday with mostly light accumulations.

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