Denver weather: Smoke returns Sunday with chance of afternoon thunderstorms

Denver will see a smokey, stormy start to the week as wildfire smoke from the Pacific Northwest settles over the region and thunderstorms move across the state.

While the city had a brief respite from smokey skies on Saturday, another wave of smoke is expected to move back into the region Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service at Boulder.

The smoke will stay at a high elevation for much of Sunday, but will settle closer to ground level on Monday morning, the weather service said.

There were no active air quality alerts for Denver on Sunday morning, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. But the agency expects to see ozone levels rise Sunday evening after 4 p.m.  to become unhealthy for sensitive groups, like children or older adults.

Aside from the smoke, the Front Range will also likely see some thunderstorms Sunday afternoon and evening, according to the weather service. Denver will see an about 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon, with partly sunny skies and a high temperature of 89.

Some of the isolated thunderstorms could bring heavy rain, small hail and gusty wind as they move across northeast and north central Colorado, according to the National Weather Service at Boulder.

The storms are expected to last into the late evening and ease up around midnight.

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