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Utah forecast: Hot, dry and windy this weekend

Published August 9, 2013 11:51 am

Red Flag Warning • Western third of state at high risk for wildfires.
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A hot, dry and occasionally gusty weekend was forecast for Utah, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag Warning for extreme wildfire risks.

With temperatures expected to range into the mid-90s along the Wasatch Front and to near triple-digits in southern Utah with no precipitation but winds of 10-20 mph expected both Friday and Saturday, forecasters put roughly the entire western third of the state under the fire advisory.

Along with extremely low humidity and the heat, much of the region was experiencing drought-like conditions that left grasslands and forests tinder dry.

If Utah can avoid new wildfires, however, at least the Beehive State's denizens can look forward to clean breathing this weekend. The Utah Division of Air Quality was flying its "Green" banners statewide.

The Intermountain Allergy & Asthma website listed chenopods and mold as elevated — "high" and "moderate," respectively, on the pollen index — but other allergens were not of concern.

Salt Lake City was pegged at 95 degrees both Friday and Saturday; Ogden looked for 90 and 91 degrees, respectively; Provo 91 and 92; Logan 90 and 91; Wendover 91s; Duchesne 82 and 83; Cedar City 86s; St. George 99 and 98; and Moab 90 and 93 degrees.

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