Air quality is improving in northern Utah. It was actually in the green/good zone in Salt Lake County on Wednesday morning, according to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.
That’s not going to last all day, however. Smoke from wildfires on the West Coast is still flowing into Utah, and air quality is expected to fall to orange/unhealthy for sensitive groups in the Salt Lake area and across much of the state.
The National Weather Service is forecasting patchy smoke until 3 p.m., and mostly clear skies after that — continuing into Thursday and through the weekend. It’ll be dry and hot — 92 on Wednesday, 96 on Friday, 98 on Friday, 99 on Saturday and 97 on Sunday, with overnight lows in the upper 60s and low 70s.
There’s a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms on Monday and Tuesday.
Conversely, southern Utah will get smokier on Wednesday. St. George started out the day in the moderate/yellow zone, and the National Weather Service is forecasting patchy smoke after 3 p.m.
Daytime temperatures will be in the mid-100s through Sunday, and there’s a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in southern Utah, too, on Monday and Tuesday.