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Utah forecast: Hot, dry and breezy, wildfire risk up

First Published      Last Updated Jul 21 2014 08:31 am

Hot, dry and breezy weather was forecast for Utah as the work week got underway.

Along the Wasatch Front, temperatures were predicted to peak in the mid- to upper-90s Monday and Tuesday. Winds of 10-20 mph were expected to offer a modest break from the heat.

Mild winds were to caress southern Utahns as well, but with highs expected to top triple digits both days, the relief offered was questionable.

Not a drop of rain was expected, either.

That, along with bone-dry air and parched vegetation, put a good portion of eastcentral Utah under a "Red Flag" wildfire warning from noon through 8 p.m. Monday. The affected area stretched generally from Price east and south through Green River to the Colorado border.

"Yellow," or compromised air quality grades were predicted for Salt Lake, Davis, Weber and Utah counties into the midweek while the Utah Division of Air Quality gave the remainder of the state's counties "green," or healthy ratings.

The Intermountain Allergy & Asthma website listed only mold at "high" on its pollen index, while grass was "moderate" and all other allergens "low" as of Monday.

For more extensive forecast information, check the Tribune's weather page at sltrib.com/weather.


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