This has been Denver’s rainiest June since the 1880s — and it could still rain some more

The city also set a new daily rainfall record for June 21.
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A rainy day by Union Station. June 7, 2023.
Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite's been raining a lot. 

But just how much is a lot? Well, this week, Denver set two rainfall records.

With 5.23 inches of rain recorded at Denver International Airport so far this month, it has been the rainiest June in Denver since the 1880s, according to National Weather Service forecaster Paul Schlatter. And it could still rain more Thursday evening as Denver remained under a thunderstorm warning.

Sure, we might expect to see storms this time of the year, like the ones that produced heavy hail at Red Rocks Ampitheatre Wednesday night and a tornado just south of Denver Thursday afternoon.

But this much rain at this point in June? Not so much.

"What is really abnormal is the amount of rain and flooding. Usually [the rain] shuts off by early June," Schlatter said. "It hasn't stopped raining since early May."

And on Wednesday Denver set a new daily rainfall record.

Some 1.85 inches of rain were recorded at DIA Wednesday, setting a new daily record for June 21.

Schlatter said the metro area can expect to dry out by next week, when temps are expected to top out in the mid to high 80s.

"It will be more typical June weather next week," Schlatter said.

Until then, history has been made, Denver.

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