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Utah forecast: Thunderstorms to bring relief for scorched Wasatch Front

Published July 16, 2014 7:36 am

"Red Flag" warning • Hot, dry weather brings high wildfire risk to Rafael Swell area.
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A series of thunderstorms and rain showers were expected to give some relief from northern Utah's scorching heat.

The National Weather Service forecasts highs along the Wasatch Front in the upper-80s both Wednesday and Thursday, a break from triple-digit temperatures earlier in the week.

Southern Utahns, too, were expected to get some relief from triple-digit temperatures, but not much. Highs were predicted to slide back only a degree or two, hovering around 100.

Still, hot, dry weather triggered a "Red Flag" wildfire warning for the San Rafael Swell region from 1 p.m. through 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Salt Lake, Davis, Weber and Utah counties were rated "yellow," or compromised, by the Utah Division of Air Quality, but the rest of the state earned "green" or healthy status heading toward the weekend.

The Intermountain Allergy & Asthma website listed only mold at "high" on its pollen index, while grass and chenopods were "moderate" and all other allergens "low" on Wednesday.

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