High temperatures to persist until after Pioneer Day
By Jim Dalrymple II
The Salt Lake TribuneFirst published Jul 20 2013 08:56AM
A blanket of heat will cover Utah through the weekend, but there is some relief in sight after the holiday.
The National Weather Service reports that temperatures will basically be awful through Wednesday. In Salt Lake and Tooele counties, it’ll be triple digits every day, with a peak Monday and Tuesday of 104 degrees. And in an unusual reversal, southern Utah will be cooler, with highs peaking around 103 degrees Saturday and dropping a degree or two most days after that through the week.
The western two thirds of the state also remained under a hazardous weather outlook, with forecasters warning of rain and flash floods, particularly in slot canyons.
But if you’re tired of sweating, frizzled hair, and basically having to cower in the shade all the time, take heart; by Thursday, after Pioneer Day, high temperatures in northern Utah will drop into the comparatively cool mid and lower 90s. In southern Utah, highs will continue to hover near 100 well into the work week.
The NWS also reports that northern Utahns will see mostly sunny skies through the weekend and into the beginning of the week.
In addition to the almost relentless heat, the Utah Division of Air Quality also has some bad news: Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, Weber and Box Elder counties will experience a yellow air alert through Monday, with unhealthy air for sensitive groups. Air quality will be moderate in Washington, Uintah and Cache counties.
Salt Lake City expected a high of 102 degrees Saturday and Sunday; Ogden looked for 97 both days; Provo 98 and 99, respectively; Logan 96 and 97; Wendover 98 and 99; Duchesne 91 and 92; Cedar City 94 and 95; St. George 103 and 102; and Moab 99 and 101 degrees.