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Utah forecast: From hot, dry and dangerous to cooler, wetter
Gusty winds, hot temperatures and parched rangelands and forests combined to put much of Utah under a "Red Flag" warning through Friday night.
The National Weather Service noted that relative humidity had dipped into single digits in some locales. Northwestern Utah, as well as most of southwestern and southcentral regions of the state, were included within elevated wildfire danger areas.
However, a marked cooling trend — along with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms — could ease the fiery angst come Saturday.
The Wasatch Front, after Friday's forecast for highs in the lower-80s and breezes of 15-25 mph, looked for daytime temperatures in the upper-60s on Saturday. As cloud cover increases over northern Utah, so will chances for precipitation.
Unstable air flows were on tap for southern Utah, too, with steady winds of 20-30 mph and gusts up to 10 mph higher expected into the weekend. High temperatures were to range into the mid- to upper-90s with no rain on the horizon.
The Utah Division of Air Quality hoisted its "yellow," or compromised air quality banners for of the state going into the weekend, though Carbon, Tooele, Uintah and Cache counties earned "green," or healthy air quality ratings.
The Intermountain Allergy & Asthma website's pollen index on Friday was "high" only for grass; all other allergens were low.