Monday, June 4, 2012

En Fuego!

Yup, it is going to be a scorcher today in northern Utah.  South winds are picking up in advance of an approaching upper-level trough and the GFS pops the 700-mb temperatures up to a remarkable +16ºC over Salt Lake City by late this afternoon.

That means we'll see a maximum temperature in the high 90s at the airport.  In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if we hit 100, although that's on the outer edge of what is possible.  In any event, it will be our hottest day of the year thus far and we will likely break the record for the day, which is 96ºF.  In addition, fire-weather conditions look terrible with strong winds, high temperatures, and low relative humidities on tap.  Winds will be strongest to our west, but should pick up in the Salt Lake Valley during the afternoon.

Wildfire conditions can't get much worse in early June.  This is not a time to be playing with fire or participating in activities that could throw a spark.  

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