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Utah has a chance for rain on Monday and a chance it will fall on Pioneer Day festivities Tuesday.

The National Weather Service was calling for chances of rain and thunderstorms across the state on Monday. There also is a chance for flash flooding.

The bigger question for most Utahns is: Will it rain on Pioneer Day?

KUTV meteorologist Lindsay Storrs on Sunday night said radar was predicting rainfall about 11:30 a.m. in Salt Lake City. That would put the rain at the end of the Days of '47 parade. The rain should end, Storrs said, by late afternoon or early evening.

The bigger story could be the heat.

Monday was expected to be coolest day of all — temperatures were only expected to top out at 97 in Salt Lake City. By Wednesday, highs were expected to reach 102.

But that's nothing compared to what St. George residents were expected to see this week. Temperatures Monday were expected to top out at 108, then reach 110 degrees come Tuesday.

Then from Tuesday through Sunday, temperatures were expected to reach at least 100 across the state. The Dixie region was expected to top 110 later in the week.

Utah's air quality Monday was listed at "red," or unhealthy, according to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. The classification recommends that residents should limit prolonged outdoor exertion and limit outdoor activity.

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