Utah forecast: Hot, hotter . . . hottest?
Looking at Utah's mid-week weather forecast, Jane Austen might repeat this declaration: "What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance."
Too bad the 19th century English novelist's time was before the advent of cutoffs, flip-flops, tube-tops, sun screen and Big Gulps. Thus clad, she may have been able to thrive in the potentially record-setting, triple-digit temperatures ahead for our desert state.
Wednesday's forecast for northern Utah called for highs in the mid- to upper-90s, up 5-7 degrees from Tuesday's forecast. On Thursday, the region will reach or top 100 degrees, approaching Salt Lake City's record high (103) for June by week's end.
The oven that is Southern Utah, meanwhile, was set on broil. Wednesday's highs in Utah's Dixie were to top 100; Thursday was to sizzle past 105 degrees and by the weekend, 110 degrees and were forecast, within range of the month's 116-degree record in St. George.
Those scorching days will be under mostly clear, sunny skies with not a drop of rain on the horizon. Winds, gusting to near 50 mph earlier this week, will be calm, though, lessening conditions that had prompted a "Red Flag" wildfire warning for the entire state earlier this week.
The Utah Division of Air Quality rated breathability statewide at "Green," or healthy. Allergy sufferers,too, got a break: only grass pollen levels were elevated, at "moderate," according to the Intermountain Allergy &Asthma web site.
Salt Lake City's high temperature Wednesday was to reach 94, up from Tuesday's 89 degrees; Ogden looked for 89 and 84 degrees, respectively; Provo 95 and 89; Logan 90 and 82; Wendover 94 and 85; Duchesne 92 and 84; Cedar City 91 and 85; St. George 102 and 96; and Moab 98 and 93 degrees.