Colorado Springs reached a record high temperature Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo, capping off another unseasonably warm day in late November.
The city hit the forecast high temperature of 74 degrees, which is 2 degrees higher than the previous record for the date set in 1998, and almost 30 degrees higher than the average high temperature for this time of year. Sunday also saw a record high for the date with 71 degrees, beating the previous mark set in 1950 by 1 degree.
Pueblo also was flirting with a record high on Monday; and Denver has been experiencing its warmest November on record. Denver was at 81 degrees at 1 p.m.
For Colorado Springs on Monday, the balmy temperatures were accompanied by southwest winds up to 16 mph with gusts as high as 24 mph.
A red flag warning was in effect for most of El Paso, Pueblo and Fremont counties. The warning means that critical fire weather conditions will occur due to a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures.
The temperatures in the Colorado Springs area were expected to drop substantially Monday night and early Tuesday, with a low of 31 degrees and a chance of showers after 3 a.m.
Tuesday will be much cooler, with a high temperature of 42 degrees and a low of 24 degrees. There also is a 40 percent chance of snow Tuesday.