If summer is coming to an end and the latest weather forecasts are any indication, so is the record-breaking heat wave that has scorched the landscape of southwestern Utah over the past week.
According to the National Weather Service, cold air and tropical humidity will slide into the southwestern desert over the next two days as Hurricane Cay rages off the coast of Baja California and moves north-northwest along the Pacific coastline. was expected.
Temperatures were expected to hit 105 degrees in St. George on Thursday, but temperatures will drop over Friday and the weekend, with highs of just 85 degrees on Saturday and a 30-40% chance of thunderstorms in most places. was expected to be
Flash floods were possible in some areas, but most of the expected problem areas were in southern California and Arizona, according to the NWS.
“On Friday, southern California and parts of southwestern Arizona were at moderate risk (Level 3/4) of excessive rainfall, while southern California, western Arizona, and more remote areas were at greater risk (Level 3/4). 2/4) includes “southern Nevada by Saturday,” according to the NWS weather forecast issued early Thursday.
The NWS also warned that strong winds could develop before the rains, increasing the risk of wildfires.
According to the NWS alert, “Residents in these areas are urged to plan for dangerous driving conditions and heed warnings issued by local forecast offices.”
Cooler temperatures should end the long-running heatwave that blew through much of the Southwest and set numerous heat records in September, including St. George, where temperatures topped 110 degrees earlier in the week.
Temperatures during this time were 10 to 20 degrees above normal across the region, with record highs recorded at weather stations from Southern California to Salt Lake City.
The expected drop in temperatures over the weekend was not just expected near St. George, but across Utah.
Smoke from wildfires in California, Nevada and Oregon also reduced air quality in parts of northern Utah on Thursday. A fire manager said on Thursday he was dealing with 18 large fires in California alone, three of which he spanned over 10,000 acres.
David DeMille writes about Southwestern Utah for The Spectrum & Daily News, a USA TODAY Network newsroom based in St. George.follow him @SpectrumDeMille Or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe now to support and sustain this work.