Denver’s spiking heat wave – expected to smash a record for downtown Denver Thursday – has triggered warnings about everything from wildfire threats to avoiding heat stroke to steep fines for shooting off illegal fireworks.

The hottest Denver has ever gotten on June 28 was 99 degrees, a record set in 1986. Forecasters predict that record will fall around 2 p.m. Thursday when the high hits 101 degrees.

“That record is certainly in jeopardy,” National Weather Service meteorologists say.

Although Denver’s official weather temperatures are recorded at Denver International Airport, it will get even hotter in downtown Denver on Thursday, when the high reaches 103, the NWS predicts.

The hot temperatures are drawing both health and fire warnings across much of Colorado.  Denverites should minimize their time spent outdoors Thursday, and if they do go outside slather on the sun block, put on a hat and take breaks in the shade, NWS meteorologist Jim Kalina said.

“You don’t want to be stuck in a car with the windows closed. That can definitely be dangerous,” Kalina said.

Record highs are likely today with Denver reaching the low to mid 100s. A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 11am to 9pm today for higher elevations and areas along and near the Cheyenne Ridge. #COwx

— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) June 28, 2018

Dr. Maya Bunik, medical director of Children Hospital’s child health clinic, said kids are especially vulnerable in extremely hot weather. Children may notice it’s hot but not understand the risks or how to stay safe, she said.

“I think parents should be on to that when it gets to 100,” Bunik said Wednesday.

Bunik said heat exhaustion is one of the biggest concerns for children, who can display cold, pale, weak and sweaty symptoms. Heat stroke is

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