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Record heat scorches Colorado for 3 straight days

13 Sep 2021, 20:30 GMT+10

DENVER, the United States, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- For three straight days, hot air in the U.S. state of Colorado created hazy skies, poor air quality and scorching temperatures that broke record highs in the state.

In the state capital Denver, 97 degrees Fahrenheit (36.1 degree centigrade) was recorded Saturday, breaking the 2018 record of 93 degrees, CBS News reported. The normal high temperature for this season is 82 degrees, The Denver Post said.

The bucolic city of Colorado Springs, 114.2 km south of the capital city recorded a temperature of 98 degrees for the third day in a row on Saturday afternoon, eight degrees hotter than the previous record set in 2018, according to the National Weather Service.

Further south, Pueblo reached 101 degrees Saturday, beating out its 2018 record by four degrees.

"When air is as dry as it is here, it heats up and cools much more quickly than humid air," said Colorado Springs meteorologist Alex O'Brien.

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