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Denver will get a hint of summer on Monday, with Halloween less than a week away.
Summer… is that you? High temperatures will be very warm for late October with 80° expected in Denver! The record high for the date is 84°. It will be mostly cloudy this morning with periods of sunshine in the afternoon. #COwx pic.twitter.com/isWGZ7JRiW
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) October 25, 2021
According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, Denver will near the record high of 84 degrees on Monday. Forecasters call for an 80-degree high under increasingly sunny skies. Temperatures will drop to 49 degrees overnight. The dry weather has pushed the NWS to issue a Red Flag Warning for parts of the Palmer Divide, Denver, Adams and Arapahoe Counties.
Denver will be wet on Tuesday, with a storm system bringing winds and precipitation. Mild and dry conditions will be replaced by stronger, cool winds with gusts up to 60 mph over the foothills. The mountains are going to see some snow, which will linger on the ridges into Wednesday morning.
The high Tuesday will be 70 degrees with a 70% chance of precipitation. Winds could gust over 40 mph downtown. The chance for showers lasts until midnight while the skies clear. The low temperature will drop to 37 degrees and winds will persist.
Wednesday will be much chiller, as temperatures only reach 59 degrees under sunny skies. Winds could gust near 35 mph. Nighttime lows will dip to 37 degrees.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – St. Louis Regional Bomb and Arson detectives are investigating an overnight house fire in south St. Louis County that claimed the life of a 61-year-old man.
According to Officer Adrian Washington, a spokesperson for the St. Louis County Police Department, officers responded to a call for a house fire in the 3500 block of Eileen Ann Drive around 1:35 a.m. Sunday.
Police arrived and saw heavy smoke coming from the home. Firefighters searched the residence and found a man’s body in the basement.
Anyone with information on the investigation can contact the St. Louis County Police Department 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri football team has been selected to play in the Armed Forces Bowl later this month.
The Tigers will face the Army Black Knights at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22.
Mizzou went 6-6 in 2021 and 3-5 in SEC play. Army, an independent school, went 8-3 this season.
The Armed Forces Bowl will be broadcast on ESPN.
U.S. health officials said Sunday that while the omicron variant of the coronavirus is rapidly spreading throughout the country, early indications suggest it may be less dangerous than delta, which continues to drive a surge of hospitalizations.
President Joe Biden’s chief medial adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that scientists need more information before drawing conclusions about omicron’s severity.
Reports from South Africa, where it emerged and is becoming the dominant strain, suggest that hospitalization rates have not increased alarmingly.
“Thus far, it does not look like there’s a great degree of severity to it,” Fauci said. “But we have really got to be careful before we make any determinations that it is less severe or it really doesn’t cause any severe illness, comparable to delta.”
Fauci said the Biden administration is considering lifting travel restrictions against noncitizens entering the United States from several African countries. They were imposed as the omicron variant exploded in the region, but U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has blasted such measures as “travel apartheid.”
“Hopefully we’ll be able to lift that ban in a quite reasonable period of time,” Fauci said. “We all feel very badly about the hardship that has been put on not only on South Africa but the other African countries.”
Omicron had been detected in about a third of U.S. states by Sunday, including in the Northeast, the South, the Great Plains and the West Coast. Wisconsin and Missouri were among the latest states to confirm cases.
But delta remains the dominant variant, making up more than 99% of cases and driving a surge of hospitalizations in the north. National Guard teams have been sent to help overwhelmed hospitals in western New York, and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring any hospitals facing limited patient capacity to reduce scheduled procedures that are not urgent.
U.S. officials continued urging people to get vaccinated and to receive booster shots, as well as take precautions such as wearing masks when among strangers indoors, saying anything that helps protect against delta will also help protect against other variants.
Even if omicron proves less dangerous than delta, it remains problematic, World Health Organization epidemiologist Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove told CBS’ “Face The Nation.”
“Even if we have a large number of cases that are mild, some of those individuals will need hospitalizations,” she said. “They will need to go into ICU and some people will die. … We don’t want to see that happen on top of an already difficult situation with delta circulating globally.”
Two years into the outbreak, COVID-19 has killed over 780,000 Americans, and deaths are running at about 860 per day.
More than 6,600 new hospital admissions are being reported daily, according to tracking data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. have dropped by about half since the delta peak in August and September, but at more than 86,000 new infections per day, the numbers are still high, especially heading into the holidays, when people travel and gather with family.
By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press
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