Hot, smoky and dry. No, not a description of a bad barbecue joint after it has run out of sauce but it is northern Utah's midweek weather forecast.
Smoke from fires both in state and from blazes in Idaho and Colorado was capping the Wasatch Front's valleys with a gray, acrid pall Wednesday, a nasty forecast expected to continue on Thursday. The particulate-heavy haze meant "Red," or unhealthy air quality alerts for Salt Lake, Davis, Box Elder, Cache, Weber, Tooele and Utah counties; only Uintah County, with a "Yellow," or compromised air quality grade, and southwestern Utah's Washington County, which was alone with a "Green," or healthy breathability rating, escaped being saddled with the worst air quality status.
Northern Utah's high temperatures Thursday were expected to be in the low-80s, a degree or two cooler than Wednesday's forecast. Southern Utahns expected highs in the mid-90s both days under clear and sunny skies.