Utah forecast: Cooling trend, unsettled weather ahead
Northern Utah's flirtation with record-high daytime temperatures will take a hiatus thanks to a period of cooler, unsettled weather moving in as the region heads toward the weekend.
The Wasatch Front, where Salt Lake City set a 93-degree record high on Monday and tied a 1936 mark of 89 degrees on Tuesday, looked for temperatures in the low-80s on Thursday along with a slight chance for rain showers and thunderstorms. That was to come after a Wednesday forecast for highs in the mid-80s.
Southern Utahns looked for highs Thursday in the mid-90s, with winds of 15-25 mph offering a bit of relief. Wednesday's forecast was a climatological mirror image of that.
A Hazardous Weather Outlook, first issued on Tuesday, continued in effect through the coming weekend. Forecasters warned of cold, swift-flowing an swollen rivers and streams throughout the state as mountain snow melt increased.
Air quality was a sort of lungs-half-full, lungs-half-empty conundrum. While the Utah Division of Air Quality rated the entire state "Green," or healthy for breathing, the Intermountain Allergy & Asthma web site had bad news for allergy sufferers: mulberry, maple, box elder, sycamore and grass pollen levels all were "very high."
Salt Lake City's high temperature Thursday was pegged at 83, down from Wednesday's forecast of 85 degrees; Ogden looked for 81 and 84 degrees, respectively; Provo 86s; Logan 78 and 81; Wendover 76 and 84; Duchesne 82 and 83; Cedar City 81 and 79; St. George 94s; and Moab 88 and 89 degrees.