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Mistia Zuckerman, left, and her daughter, Emera, 4, play on one of the water features at Scott Carpenter Pool  on Wednesday in Boulder, where temperatures climbed into the mid-90s. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
Mistia Zuckerman, left, and her daughter, Emera, 4, play on one of the water features at Scott Carpenter Pool on Wednesday in Boulder, where temperatures climbed into the mid-90s. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
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Boulder County residents should be able to feel some relief from the currently searing temperatures this weekend, according to local forecasters.

David Barjenbruch is a lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Boulder. He expects that a cool front, coupled with a chance of rain, could be on the horizon for the area, providing relief from temperatures that pushed close to 100 Wednesday, and were also expected to sizzle at 95 on Thursday.

“It’s another hot July day today, what looks like one more tomorrow and then it looks like we’ll start to see a little bit of a change in the weather patterns,” Barjenbruch said on Wednesday.

That change is instigated by a cool front coming from the northern part of the continent, as well as a phenomenon known as the “southwest monsoon.”

The southwest monsoon “occurs when numerous thunderstorms along the Mexican Sierra pump lots of tropical Pacific moisture into the atmosphere,” said Boulder meteorologist Matt Kelsch in his weather blog.

Occasionally, Kelsch said, this moisture can induce some rainfall in Colorado if conditions are right. Both he and Barjenbruch think that might be the case this time around.

An increase in moisture isn’t all good news, however. Flooding could pose a risk as storms develop, especially in areas impacted by wildfires. Just last Sunday, Boulder received a short but intense rainstorm which caused street flooding in parts of the city.

“As long as we get thunderstorms to develop, any storm that develops or happens to move over your neighborhood, you could be receiving some very heavy rain from that,” said Barjenbruch.

The rain won’t be sticking around for too long, at least in Boulder. Barjenbruch said that while this weekend might see some storms, it won’t continue for a serious amount of time.

“The main surge occurs Saturday. Sunday we might see some showers lingering around in the area and then chances of thunderstorms into next week,” he said.

In the meantime, Barjenbruch and the National Weather Service want to warn residents to be aware of what forecasts look like in their area, especially if they’re heading into the backcountry or a flood-prone area.

“We just want to keep everybody safe. Pay special attention to the weather and avoid those low-lying areas when thunderstorms are around,” he said.

According to the National Weather Service, Saturday should top out at 83 degrees with a 70% chance of afternoon showers. On Sunday it may only reach 77, with showers and thunderstorms again likely, mainly after noon.