Utah forecast: Thunderstorms coming, but little rain or relief
Slightly cooler temperatures, calmer breezes and the faint hope of precipitation from incoming thunderstorms were the forecast for Utah Wednesday.
However, the National Forest Service, which had issued a "Red Flag" wildfire danger warning through late Tuesday evening for the entire state, warned that little rainfall was expected from the storms moving into the region at mid-week. Instead, lightning strikes were expected to strike the state's tinder-dry high deserts and parched forests, possibly triggering more blazes for the state's already beleaguered firefighters.
Northern Utah looked for highs on Wednesday in the upper-80s, down a few degrees from Tuesday's temperatures, along with south winds of 10-20 mph, down from winds of 15-25 mph on Tuesday.
Southern Utah continued to bake, with high temperatures Wednesday forecast in the triple-digits, unchanged from Tuesday's broiling forecast. In addition, winds of 15-25 mph were expected both days.
Air quality was rated "Green," or satisfactory both days, according to the Utah Division of Environmental Quality.
Salt Lake City's high temperature for Wednesday was predicted at 90, down from Tuesday's forecast for 92 degrees; Ogden looked for 86 and 87 degrees, respectively; Provo expected 90s both days; Logan 85s; Wendover 86s; Duchesne 90 and 92; Cedar City 89 and 88; St. George 102 and 100; and Moab 99 and 101 degrees,