Northern Utah begins the new work week with mild summer. But in the south? Charlie Daniels might say it's a case of the "Devil went down to [St.] George-ia."
So, "Johnny, rosin up your bow and play your fiddle hard." Won't do much good, though. Southern Utah's still going to be hot as Hades.
St. George will be baked by triple-digit heat all week. Tuesday's daytime highs were to reach 107 degrees, up 2 degrees from Monday's forecast. All that under a mostly clear, blazing sky without a drop of rain on the horizon.
Super-dry conditions (relative humidity as the week unfolded was a bone-dry 7-11 percent), combined with west winds gusting to 30 mph and parched high deserts, rangelands and forests, brought a "Red Flag" wildfire danger warning through 10 p.m. Monday. That alert included northeastern and eastcentral Utah, especially the San Rafael Swell region below 6,500 feet elevation.