Scorching Utah Weather Kicks Off Your Weekend As Excessive Heat Continues
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – As the weekend kicks off Friday afternoon and evening, the Intermountain West bakes in a mini heat wave until Saturday as other records fall.
An unusually strong ridge of high pressure over the west has parked over Utah, allowing for the hottest day of the year to date.
Temperatures over northern Utah will reach the mid-90s at around 100 degrees along the Wasatch Front by Friday.
Overnight lows are forecast to remain above 70 over the Western Deserts and the Wasatch Front this evening. This led to an excessive heat warning being issued until 6 a.m. on Saturday.
Eastern Box Elder County, Western Uinta Basin, Tooele and Rush Valleys, as well as San Pete and Sevier Valleys are all subject to a heat advisory for excessive daytime heat, but slightly more lows. cool overnight until Saturday morning. This notice will expire at 11 p.m. Friday.
Southern Utah will continue to feel the heat through Saturday with excessive heat for St. George and Lake Powell.
An excessive heat warning continues through 10 p.m. on Saturday for daytime highs of 100 degrees or more with little overnight relief with lows in the 70s.
Southern Utah will also face critical weather conditions for the fires, as a red flag warning is now in effect until 9 p.m. Sunday for all of southwest Utah, part of central. southern Utah, and eventually it will extend to west-central Utah and the San Rafael swell. Saturday morning.
Southwesterly winds will start to increase from Friday afternoon through the weekend with sustained winds of 10mph to 20mph gusting to 35mph.
Air quality remains an issue for Salt Lake and Utah counties as surface ozone will develop from the sun, daytime heating, and pollution from cars and industry.
While much of northern Utah and the Uinta Basin is expected to remain in moderate ozone levels, the counties of Salt Lake and Utah are expected to fall into an unhealthy zone for sensitive groups.
Isolated dry thunderstorms are also expected to develop later this afternoon and evening across the region with the best chances over eastern Nevada, western Utah and southern Idaho.
A few of these storms could move through the Wasatch front late at night until early Saturday morning as temperatures remain warm. These thunderstorms are likely to contain gusts of wind and dry lightning. With the very dry conditions in place, any lightning strike could lead to new fires.
Stay informed throughout the weekend with the Pinpoint Weather team live and online at abc4.com/weather.