Red flag warnings cover most of Utah as winds and heat stoke the fire danger

Cold front will bring gusts and lower temps, but no rain is expected.

(National Weather Service) High fire danger will continue through Thursday, with red flag warnings in effect for much of Utah.

Red flag warnings cover most of Utah through Wednesday as a combination of strong winds, low humidity and high temperatures create extreme fire danger.

The greatest risk runs through midnight Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service, with winds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts up to 35 mph, and relative humidity as low as 12%. The strongest winds are expected between 1 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Any fires that develop could spread rapidly, the weather service states, and outdoor burning is not recommended.

The fire danger continues even as temperatures are expected to moderate. In Salt Lake City, the forecast high is 82 on Tuesday, 84 on Wednesday and just 64 on Thursday as a cold front moves through.

The front will keep the wind blowing, but is not expected to bring any rain.

Temperatures are expected to top out at 76 on Friday and 86 on Saturday, then return to the 90s on Sunday and Monday.

There’s no rain expected in southern Utah, either, just a one-day break from temperatures in the 90s and higher. The forecast highs in St. George are 94 on Tuesday, 95 on Wednesday, 88 on Thursday and 98 on Friday before spiking to 104 to 108 from Saturday through Monday.