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Utah forecast: Wild, wet weather eases ahead of hotter, drier spell

Published July 30, 2013 7:39 am

Fire Weather Watch • West deserts are tinder-dry, perfect for wildfires.
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A hotter, drier midweek forecast is ahead for Utah as the thunderstorms, isolated rain showers and hail of recent days diminish.

As temperatures climb into the 90s along the Wasatch Front and into triple-digits in southern Utah beginning Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday, the National Weather Service warned of elevated wildfire danger — particularly in the state's west desert areas.

A Fire Weather Watch was in effect through Thursday evening. Rising temperatures and a return of arid conditions for tinder-dry grasslands and forests are a concern along with winds expected to gust above 30 mph.

The Utah Division of Air Quality graded breathability statewide as "Green," or healthy into the mid-week, while the Intermountain Allergy & Asthma web site rated chenopods and mold as "high" on its pollen index.

Salt Lake City's high temperature Wednesday was pegged at 96, up from Tuesday's forecast for 92 degrees; Ogden looked for 92 and 89 degrees, respectively; Provo 96 and 92; Logan 92 and 89; Wendover 93 and 92; Duchesne 88 and 86; Cedar City 91 and 88; St. George 102 and 100; and Moab 97 and 95 degrees.

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