Utah Weather Over the 4th of July Weekend
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Happy Independence Day weekend, Utah! The 4th of July is almost here, and we’re getting a weather pattern shift in Utah as we kick off July. The last week of June brought thunderstorms thanks to another surge of monsoon humidity, but now drier air will start moving into the state.
This will result in a somewhat general increase in temperatures, with any wet weather mostly confined to eastern Utah and isolated in the wild. Daytime highs will be above average this weekend across the state with the 90s expected along the Wasatch front and even the possibility of a few digit triples, a mix of 80s and 90s in central l Utah and 80, 90 and three digits in the southern part. of the state according to the altitude.
If you’re looking to beat the heat, our mountain valleys will hit the 80s, but also face the possibility of an isolated thunderstorm.
Our national parks will also see heat build up in the coming days and the potential for flash flooding diminish. So if you’re trekking in the parks, pack plenty of water and sunscreen and know that you can’t rule out an isolated thunderstorm before the holidays. Make sure you know the signs of heatstroke and exhaustion and expect high winds by Sunday.
Also around this time, the holiday weekend will see increased winds and decreased humidity, especially for areas along and west of I-15. These ingredients combined with heat will cause a high fire hazard, especially with the risk of fireworks being used in some parts of the state. We also know that as soon as fireworks become legal, we see a drop in air quality. If you plan to light fireworks, make sure local guidelines are followed and use common sense.
These ingredients triggered a red flag warning for just about everyone along and west of I-15 from noon Saturday through 10 p.m. Monday (July 4). As part of the red flag warning, daily winds will be sustained between 15 and 35 mph with gusts up to and potentially over 45 mph. From Sunday to Monday, the strongest winds and the lowest humidity values will be observed.
In addition to the critical fire hazard, there will likely also be blown dust in the warning. Humidity values during the day will be between 8 and 12%, with some places dropping to around 5%. Humidity readings bounce up at night, but not much at 20-30%.
At the end of the line ? Isolated thunderstorm potential remains in eastern Utah, with drier air and gusty winds sweeping through the rest of Beehive State over the holidays.
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