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Utah forecast: Fire Weather Watch in place for western third of state
Hot, dry, windy » Nineties in the north, near 100 in the south.
First Published Aug 08 2013 07:47 am • Last Updated Aug 08 2013 07:59 am

The western third of Utah was under a Fire Weather Watch through Saturday night due to hot, extremely dry and windy weather.

The National Weather Service noted temperatures Friday and Saturday were expected to be in the mid-90s to triple digits throughout the state — a forecast that mirrored that for Thursday.

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Particularly at risk for potentially explosive wildfires during the next few days were the parched reaches of the Salt Lake Desert, the high deserts of west-central Utah and the western stretches of southwestern Utah’s Color Country. Winds of 10-20 mph, with gusts of 35 mph, were expected, along with humidity as low as 8 percent.

No rain was on the horizon anywhere in the state as the weekend approaches.

Air quality was graded "Green," or healthy as the weekend approached, and the Intermountain Allergy & Asthma website’s pollen index rated chenopods at "high" and mold "moderate."

Salt Lake City’s high temperature Friday was pegged at 94, down 1 degree from Thursday’s forecast; Ogden looked for 90 and 91 degrees, respectively; Provo 91 and 92; Logan 90 and 91; Wendover 91 and 93; Duchesne 82 and 81; Cedar City 86s; St. George 98s; and Moab 92 and 89 degrees.


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