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Cooler temperatures, but high fire danger across most of Utah

Published June 19, 2013 7:25 am
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For Utahns Wednesday's weather was a mixed bag.

The positive? Temperatures are going to get cooler as a front moves through the state.

The negative? That front is going to make it a whole lot more likely that someone could start a massive wildfire.

Everything except the northeast portion of the state was under a red flag warning Wednesday. That warning expires Thursday night.

Sustained winds of up to 25 mph, carrying 35 mph gusts, were expected to blow into the state. Humidity levels as low as 4 percent were expected each afternoon, the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City predicted.

That combination will create hazardous fire conditions in areas where it's already critically dry.

But the silver lining? The same gusty winds that create so much fire danger will push a cold front into Utah that will cool things off for the rest of the week.

And at least the quality of air statewide was expected to be good Wednesday. The Utah Division of Air Quality was flying its "Green," or healthy air banner.

Salt Lake City expected a high temperature Wednesday of 80 and 78 on Thursday; Ogden looked for 77 and 75 degrees, respectively; Provo 82 and 81; Logan 76 both days; Wendover 74 and 75; Duchesne 82 and 80; Cedar City 80 and 82; St. George 92 and 96; and Moab 94 both days.


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