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Denver weather: Winter solstice, sunny conditions with a high near 60 and Red Flag warning for Front Range foothills

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By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(DENVER, Colo.) Denver skies started partly cloudy Tuesday morning and are expected to become sunny around 9 a.m.

The sun rose over the Mile High City at 7:18 a.m. Tuesday and is anticipated to set later at 4:38 p.m. The National Weather Service in Boulder is forecasting that the high temperature will reach near 60, similar to Monday.

South southwest winds will reach 8 to 13 mph and will later become northwest Tuesday afternoon, with wind gusts potentially reaching as high as 21 mph. Tuesday is the Winter Solstice and the first day of winter, therefore the Mile High City will see a total of 9 hours and 21 minutes of daylight today.

Air quality in Denver Tuesday as of 8 a.m. was 41, similar to Monday at the same time and is satisfactory, posing little or no health risk. The primary pollutant in the air is PM2.5 which is small enough to enter the bloodstream and usually produced from bacteria, small dust particles, smokestacks and wildfires.

Skies over Denver Tuesday evening will be mostly clear, with a low temperature around 30. Southwest winds will blow 8 to 10 mph and gusts could reach as high as 16 mph.

There is a Red Flag warning in effect for the Front Range foothills as well as higher terrain close to the Wyoming border for low humidities and windy conditions. Windy conditions over the elevated mountains and Front Range Foothills Tuesday will see possible gusts of wind up to 70 mph.

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