Utah Weather heats back up after a few days of cooler temperatures

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Have a nice weekend! After a brief break from the extreme heat, temperatures will rise above average with mostly sunny skies across the state today.

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Daily highs in Salt Lake City will rise above the 83 average and hit the lower 90s, with upper 80s and low 90s expected along the Wasatch front.

We will see triple digit heat return in several locations in southern Utah including Moab, Bluff, near Lake Powell and St. George. Lots of sunshine is expected and a strong high pressure ridge will center itself over the four corners during the weekend.

With lighter winds on Saturday, large forest fires could draw off the smoke that could affect parts of eastern Utah throughout the day. The smoke raises PM 2.5 levels to moderate or sometimes unhealthy, depending on the amount of wildfire smoke.

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When the high pressure ridge builds up, the southwest winds will increase again and the risk of fire will increase well into Sunday. Castle Country, Central Utah, the Southwest Desert, and south-central state have a red flag alert on Sunday afternoon and evening.

The risk of fire will increase again in hot, dry and airy conditions. This high pressure dome will usher in dangerous heat and another long-lasting heat wave for the state. We expect three-digit highs to return to Salt Lake City by Sunday and hold three-digit highs for the entire work week.

It’s very rare, and Salt Lake City has never had five consecutive three-digit days in June. As a result, excessive heat surveillance was released for much of the state Monday through Friday next week. Excessive heat warnings have been posted in parts of Washington County as excessive heat can lead to an increase in heat-related illnesses.

Salt Lake County cooling zones open to triple-digit heat

Bottom line? Our break from the heat was short and the heat returns above average. Find ways to keep cool this weekend and prepare to limit your time outdoors next week.

This monster heat wave is an evolving weather situation and you can stay informed of the weather both on-air and online at abc4.com/weather. We are There4You.

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