Smoke from wildfires affects Utah as temperatures warm
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Happy Wednesday! We have drier conditions statewide today, with a warming trend keeping temperatures on the rise.
As daytime peaks increase in northern and southern Utah, we will continue to fight forest fire smoke from northern and western Beehive State.
High pressure builds throughout the state and the positioning of the high pressure area allows smoke to be carried into Utah from California and Oregon.
In addition to the impacts on the visibility of the smoke, we will also see compromised air quality. Smoke from forest fires contributes to the increase in particulate matter.
The Department of Environmental Quality is forecasting air deemed âunhealthy for sensitive groupsâ for today in Salt Lake, Davis and Utah counties, but we may also see Weber and Cache counties mixing in. this category.
The high pressures also allowed a warming trend with the 90s making a return to the Wasatch front. Expect a hazy sun with temperatures in the low to mid-90s along the I-15 corridor from north to south Utah.
Uinta Basin, Castle Country, and Iron County will hit the upper 80s, with triple-digit numbers expected near Lake Powell and St. George.
With air quality conditions fluctuating throughout the day, be sure to limit strenuous activities during the heat of the day and when ozone or particulate matter increases.
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