Skies are clearing in southern Utah, and there’s hope that northern Utah will get some relief from all the smoke coming from West Coast wildfires. That relief, however, is now expected Wednesday night instead of during the day.
And as the sun emerges from behind the clouds of smoke, temperatures will rise.
The air quality in Salt Lake County remained in the orange zone Tuesday morning — unhealthy for sensitive groups — and it’s expected to get worse later in the day. According to IQAir.com, as of Tuesday morning Salt Lake City is No. 4 on the list of cities with the worst air quality.
Smoky skies will linger Tuesday night and Wednesday, with clearing expected Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.
The forecast calls for temperatures to rise from 92 on Tuesday to 100 on Friday in Salt Lake City. If it does hit triple figures, it’ll be the 20th time this year — one short of the record of most 100-degree temperatures in a year in Utah’s capital.
Daytime highs will remain in the mid- to upper 90s through Sunday, with overnight lows in the mid- to upper 60s.
The air quality was good in St. George on Tuesday morning — in the green zone, according to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality — and it’s expected to stay that way for the next few days. The forecast calls for it to be clear and hot through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service, with highs in the low to mid-100s and overnight lows in the mid- to upper 70s.