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Cooler weather, Hurricane Kay’s thunderstorms to reach Utah – Brospar Daily News

Summer is nearly over, and if the latest weather forecast is any indication, so is the record-breaking heat wave that scorched the landscape of southwestern Utah over the week. last.

Cooler air and tropical humidity are expected to creep into the desert southwest over the next two days as Hurricane Kay rages off Baja California and moves north-northwest. along the Pacific coast, according to the National Weather Service.

While temperatures in St. George are expected to reach 105 degrees Thursday, cooler temperatures are expected Friday and the weekend, with a high of just 85 degrees Saturday and a 30-40% chance of thunderstorms in most areas. locations.

Heavy rain clouds brought lightning, postponing the Crimson Cliffs football game against Spanish Fokker, which was scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on August 26.  More humidity is expected in the region this weekend, with cooler temperatures and moisture from the base of the hurricane expected to move across the desert southwest on Friday and Saturday.

While most of the expected problem areas are in Southern California and Arizona, flash flooding is possible in some places, according to the National Weather Service.

“A moderate risk of excessive precipitation (3/4 scale) is in place for parts of southern California and southwestern Arizona on Friday, with southern California, western Arizona and to the Six to southern Nevada.

The NWS also warned of strong winds ahead of the rain, which could increase the risk of wildfires.

“Residents of these areas are urged to anticipate hazardous driving conditions and heed warnings from the local forecast office,” according to the NWS alert.

Cooler temperatures are expected to end the ongoing heat wave that swept through much of the Southwest and set several September heat records, including in St. George, where temperatures It soared above 110 degrees earlier this week.

At this time of year, temperatures are 10 to 20 degrees above normal across the region, with weather stations from Southern California to Salt Lake City reporting record highs.

Forecasts for cooler weekend temperatures are expected not just around St. George, but throughout Utah.

Parts of northern Utah also faced poor air quality Thursday due to smoke from wildfires in California, Nevada and Oregon. On Thursday, in California alone, firefighters battled 18 blazes, including three larger than 10,000 acres.

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