Historic heat wave dominates Utah weather
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – An unprecedented heat wave continues as a record high pressure peak for mid-June looms across all corners of Intermountain West.
Sunday began a period of record heat in northern Utah and the Wasatch front, this afternoon being no exception as highs are expected to reach 104 degrees in Salt Lake City.
However, from Ogden to Provo, high temperatures are expected to hit the low 100s. This has led to the risk of heat for those who do not have adequate means of cooling off or staying hydrated to reach a level three or higher for most of the state.
Many areas of northern Utah and the Wasatch front are predicted to equal or break record high temperatures Monday afternoon.
The rest of the state has the potential for many record-breaking temperature drops, but the warmer air is still on the way.
Excessive heat warnings are now in effect for the Western Deserts and the Wasatch Front until Tuesday evening. Uinta Basin, Castle Country, San Rafael Swell, parts of Southeastern and Southern Utah remain in effect until Friday night.
Heat advisories are in effect for areas north of Ogden and south of Provo until Friday evening, although the advisory extends to the Wasatch front from Wednesday after the warning expires. excessive heat.
In addition to the excessive heat, increasing southerly to southwest winds will intensify Monday and Tuesday afternoon, creating high to critical fire weather over western Utah and eastern Nevada.
Sustained winds of 15-25 mph with gusts of up to 45 mph are possible, leading to the issuance of another red flag warning for these aforementioned areas until 10 p.m. Tuesday.
With extremely hot and dry conditions, fighting the current fires remains difficult and any new fires could have major impacts. It is very important to obey all fire restrictions in the future.
The current fires continue to grow with the worsening fire conditions, which has led to thicker fumes above and near the current fires in eastern Utah.
More Arizona fires are expected to push smoke into eastern Utah on Monday evening, reducing air quality. High levels of particulate matter related to smoke will sometimes create moderate to unhealthy air.
Northern Utah will primarily experience moderate to unhealthy air relative to surface ozone.
Those subject to heat advisories and excessive heat warnings will not see much relief overnight in temperatures, with many throughout the Wasatch front remaining in the 70s and above near 80 in St. George and Lake Powell.
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