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Utah forecast: Drying trend on way for weekend
First Published Aug 07 2014 07:23 am • Last Updated Aug 07 2014 08:44 pm

Like in-laws having exhausted their welcome being nudged toward the door, Utah’s rain is going away, reluctantly.

Northern Utah’s Wasatch Front, after diminishing showers in the morning and afternoon on Thursday, expected chances for precipitation to dip to 20 percent on Friday. High temperatures both days were forecast to be in the upper-70s to low-80s.

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In southern Utah, though, that meteorological mother-in-law has already been trundled off into the horizon. Utah’s Dixie looked for sunny skies and highs in the upper-90s both Thursday and Friday.

For the entire state, the drying trend is expected to last through the weekend. The National Weather Service said the drier air moving in from Nevada will essentially evaporate the cycle of thunderstorms that have ruled the region for the past week.

However, wet weather will be back next week. Beginning on Monday, a shift in the air flows will once more bring moisture out of Arizona into Utah, and thunder, lightning and rain will stage an encore.

The Utah Division of Air Quality rated the entire state — with the exception of a "yellow," or compromised Washington County — as "green," or healthy heading into the weekend.

The Intermountain Allergy & Asthma website listed only mold and chenopods as "high" while other allergens came in as "low" on the pollen index as of Thursday.

Visit the Tribune’s weather page (http://www.sltrib.com/weather) for more extensive, localized forecast content.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims


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