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Dry break for Utah before possible weekend thunderstorms

Published July 18, 2012 12:31 pm

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After a hot, dry break from rain and thunderstorms, Utah could be seeing more showers by the end of the week.

Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be dry and hot throughout the state, according to the National Weather Service. It is reported that this dry air, along with breezy south winds, could possibly create a few pockets of hazardous fire weather conditions in the west valleys. Some isolated and dry thunderstorms are also possible Wednesday through the mountains.

By Friday, the rainy weather could be back. It is predicted that the moisture will stay through the weekend and into the first part of next week, bringing chances of showers and thunderstorms throughout the state. This increase in moisture causes threat of heavy rain and possible flash flooding.

High temperatures for Wednesday are expected to hover around the mid-90s for most of the state, with hot temperatures continuing into Thursday.

Salt Lake City is expected to reach 95 degrees Wednesday, followed by 92 on Thursday, with Ogden seeing similar temperatures of 94 and 92 degrees over the next two days. Logan is expected to be a bit cooler at 90 degrees Wednesday, and 89 on Thursday.

Cedar City is expected to hover in the mid-80s, with 85 predicted as a high for Wednesday, and 86 on Thursday. St. George is expecting a high of 99 degrees Wednesday, followed by 98 degrees the following day. Moab is expected to remain at 96 degrees over the next two days.

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality rates Wednesday as a "green" — or good — air day statewide. But Thursday is expected to be a "yellow" air day, meaning the air is unhealthy for people in sensitive groups, such as children or people with lung disease.

jmiller@sltrib.com

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