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Mild spring Utah day ahead of wet, windy weekend

Published May 3, 2012 10:39 am

'Red Flag' • Dry deserts, windy weather brings southern Utah wildfire warning.
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Thursday's mild spring forecast was the calm before more unsettled and wet weather going into the weekend.

The National Weather Service predicted thunderstorms beginning on Friday afternoon for northern Utah, while for the southern reaches of the state forecasters issued a "Red Flag" wildfire danger warning due to a combination of winds gusting up to 35 mph and tinder-dry high desert lands. The fire danger advisory officially was to kick in at 10 a.m. Friday and run through 10 p.m.

High temperatures were expected to range in the low- to mid-70s along the Wasatch Front Friday, mirroring Thursday's forecast. To the south, the mercury was expected to hover in the mid-80s.

Salt Lake City's high temperature Friday was expected to hit 76 degrees, up from Thursday's expected 74; Ogden looked for 73 and 71 reading, respectively; Provo 77 and 75; Logan 70 and 69; Wendover 74 and 73; Duchesne 77 and 74; Cedar City 77 and 75; St. George 89 and 86; and Moab expected 85-degree marks both days.

remims@sltrib.com