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Heat intensifies by end of the week

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah- (ABC4 News) – A passing dry, cold front will bring temperatures to close to average for the state midweek, but then the heat will really build and bring some extreme heat to Southern Utah and above-average warmth in Northern Utah. Our warm and dry southwest flow has increased fire danger and will allow our temperatures to keep heating up. Fire danger is also a major concern with gusty winds and a “Red Flag Warning” still impacting parts of Utah midweek. Utah has extremely dry conditions, so we could see more fire watches and warnings as we get through the week.

As we get through the rest of the work week, temperatures will see a steady increase due to an area of high pressure building. The high will become more pronounced over the Desert SW as it develops near the Arizona and New Mexico border into the weekend, with the ridge amplifying and building further and further north.

In Southern Utah, triple digits settled into St. George for the Fourth of July holiday and we’ve seen triple digits since the holiday weekend. Numbers will soar close to 110, as we approach the weekend in Washington County. If you have outdoor plans at lower elevations over the weekend, in particular around St George and Lake Powell, take precautions. With the onset of extreme heat, you should limit time outside in direct sunlight. It’s also important to Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, and check up on relatives and neighbors. People and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Temperatures will climb along the Wasatch Front and flirt with 100 degrees Friday and into Saturday. It’s important to remember to seek air conditioning, check on the elderly and limit time and strenuous activity in direct sunlight. A slight monsoon push will bring some partly cloudy skies into Monday. Stay with the Pinpoint Weather Team for Utah’s Most Accurate Forecast, and when to expect cooler temperatures in the long range forecast.

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Alana Brophy
Alana is an award winning journalist who before joining ABC4 Utah, spent the last five years anchoring, reporting and forecasting in Boise, Idaho.

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