Flash flood warning issued for Capitol Reef and Wayne County
Published: July 28, 2012 10:32AM
Updated: July 28, 2012 06:10PM

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Capitol Reef National Park and western Wayne County.

A thunderstorm brought heavy rain north of Torrey about 5:40 p.m. Saturday and park rangers had reported flash floods in the Sulphur Creek Drainage area, according to the Weather Service. Flash flooding was also expected along the Polk Creek drainage and in the park’s Cathedral Valley and could wash out dirt roads in the area.

Most of the state, however, can expect sunshine through Monday.

The National Weather Service calls for high temperatures in the upper-90s along the Wasatch Front through the weekend, a touch of relief being provided by breezes of 10-20 mph. The forecast also predicts mostly clear, bright days until clouds begin to move into the region Monday night.

For southern Utah, mark those expected highs in the triple digits and otherwise you have a similar forecast for the weekend. However, more clouds will move into Utah’s Dixie and bring some thunderstorms and showers by Sunday night — a change that will persist through Monday.

A “Yellow,” or compromised air quality rating is in place for Salt Lake, Davis, Utah and Weber counties; the rest of the state’s residents can look forward to “Green,” or healthy breathing conditions, according to the Utah Division of Environmental Quality.

Salt Lake City looks for a high temperature of 99 on Sunday, up one degree from Saturday’s forecast, while the state’s capital expected a 98 on Monday; Ogdenites expected readings of 96, 94 and 96 degrees; Provo 97, 96 and 94; Logan 97, 95 and 96; Wendover 97, 96 and 96; Duchesne 84, 84 and 85; Cedar City 91, 91 and 86; St. George 101, 101 and 96; and Moab 94, 92 and 94 degrees.

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