A cycle of scattered thunderstorms and rain showers will usher in Utah's new work week, but you will be disappointed if you expect that forecast to bring markedly cooler temperatures.
Highs along northern Utah's Wasatch Front will soar into the upper-90s on Tuesday, a hot, occasionally humid encore of Monday's forecast — and just a few degrees below this past weekend's heat.
The misery index will be even higher in the state's red rocks and high deserts, however. Along with thunder, lightning and rain to open the week, southern Utahns will see temperatures well into the triple-digits.
Indeed, the National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook extending throughout this week for all but northwestern Utah — and there a "Red Flag" wildfire danger warning was in effect through 10 p.m. Monday due to gusty winds and tinder-dry conditions.
Despite the forecasts for windy and periodically wet weather ahead, the Utah Division of Air Quality rated Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, Weber, Box Elder and Tooele counties "orange," or unhealthy for sensitive groups; the rest of the state was "moderate" for ozone and particulate pollution levels.
The Intermountain Allergy & Asthma website reported mold as "high" and grass "moderate" on its pollen index as of Monday.
For more extensive forecast information visit the Tribune's weather page at http://www.sltrib.com/weather/.