Critical fire danger at stake as hot, dry and windy Utah weather conditions continue this afternoon and evening

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Early morning clouds that kept temperatures warm in the area as winds remained gusty allowed for a hot, dry and windy afternoon.

Southwesterly winds are increasing due to an impending cold front arriving early Thursday morning for Utah.

Late afternoon and evening will see sunny skies with a high daytime temperature in Salt Lake City of 91 degrees. However, the majority of the Wasatch front and northern Utah will be in the upper 80s.

These temperatures are about 10 degrees above normal for early June. Central and southern Utah will also remain slightly above normal for temperature with daytime highs in the mid to high 80s and early 90s over the Arizona strip.

With most of the region expected to experience sustained winds of 15-25 mph gusting up to 45 mph, our fire weather remains critical. Red flag warnings are in effect until midnight Wednesday for northern Utah and the Wasatch Front.

Southern, central and eastern Utah will see their warnings expire at 10 p.m. Thursday, except extreme southwestern Utah will expire on Wednesday.

Although clouds will be mostly clear throughout the region this evening, winds will remain gusty at times, especially in northern Utah. This will help keep overnight temperatures low in the upper 60s for many, making for another balmy night.

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