SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Have a nice weekend! After a brief break from the extreme heat, temperatures will soar above average today with mostly sunny skies across the state.
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Daytime highs will climb above the 83 average in Salt Lake City and hit the 90s low, with the 80s highs and 90s lows expected along the Wasatch Front.
We’ll see a triple-digit heat return in several locations in southern Utah including Moab, Bluff, near Lake Powell, and St. George. Abundant sunshine is expected and a strong ridge of high pressure will be concentrated throughout the weekend.
With lighter winds affecting Saturday, major wildfires could release smoke that could affect parts of eastern Utah throughout the day. The smoke will increase PM 2.5 levels to moderate or sometimes unhealthy, depending on the amount of wildfire smoke.
As the high pressure ridge sets in, southwest winds will increase again and the fire danger will increase through Sunday. A red flag warning was issued for Castle Country, central Utah, the southwest desert and the south-central part of the state on Sunday afternoon and evening.
The risk of fire will increase again with hot, dry and windy conditions. This high pressure dome will usher in dangerous heat and another longer lasting heat wave for the state. We expect to see triple-digit highs return to Salt Lake City by Sunday and maintain triple-digit highs for the entire work week.
It’s very rare and Salt Lake City has never had five consecutive triple-digit days in June. As a result, an excessive heat watch has been issued for much of the state from Monday to Friday next week. An excessive heat warning is already posted for parts of Washington County as intense heat can cause a spike in heat-related illnesses.
At the end of the line ? Our break from the heat was brief and the heat is returning to above average. Find ways to stay cool this weekend, and be ready to spend some time outdoors next week.
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