Heat remains, but Utah fire weather intensifies as storms roll in
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – As high pressure continues to meander over south-central Utah and north-central Arizona, excessive heat remains one of Utah’s main weather stories.
Although northern Utah peaked in heat earlier this week, southern Utah experienced its hottest day in this current heat wave on Wednesday with more record heat forecast this after. – midday and beyond.
Heat advisories continue through midnight Friday over most of western Utah, the Wasatch Front and the western Uinta Basin. The excessive heat warnings continue until midnight Friday for much of eastern Utah, with the exception of lower Washington County and St. George, which was extended through Sunday.
St. George hit a record 112 on Wednesday, which tied the record for 1896. Temperatures are forecast to rise to around 111 for St. George this afternoon, leading to another record breaking day as the day’s record is set. from 109 from 1985..
The rest of the state will experience mid-to-90s temperatures above 100, which could lead to record warmer temperatures.
Mist and smoky skies mixed with sun and clouds will make for a not-so-perfect afternoon and evening as air quality issues remain moderate to unhealthy in the area.
Red flag warnings will expire for the northern Utah mountains at 10 p.m. this evening as winds gusting up to 30 mph move this afternoon from the west. We also have the potential to see thunderstorms developing in south-central Utah as the heat-bringing high pressure begins to suck moisture from the Gulf of California.
Most of the storms that develop will be dry in nature with wind gusts of up to 40 mph. Unfortunately, with most staying dry, this could lead to new fires with rapid spread due to the gusts of wind.
With mostly cloudy skies this night and warm daytime temperatures, expect another warm night to come.
The Precise Weather Team is tracking all heat and fire threats throughout the weekend, both on air and online at abc4.com/weather. We are There4You.