Smoky skies in northern Utah with thunderstorms in southern Utah; flash flooding possible
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Salt Lake City says smoky skies will remain in parts of northern Utah and there will be thunderstorms with a possibility of flash floods in southern parts of the state on Sunday.
Happy Sunday, everyone! We’ll see another round of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening over southern Utah. Any storms that develop will be capable of producing heavy rain that could lead to flash flooding, along with gusty winds and frequent lightning. #utwx pic.twitter.com/8nquu4J5GX
— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) July 25, 2021
It says to expect the storms to roll in by the afternoon and extend into the evening. There will be gusty winds and frequent lightning people will want to be aware of as well if they are outdoors.
Smoky skies creating air quality issues
KSL Meteorologist Kevin Eubank also says air quality is something people will want to keep an eye on too.
“Northern Utah will be partly cloudy with an intrusion of smoke,” Eubank said. “We’re going to see air quality deteriorate over the next couple of days.”
The Air Quality Index (AQI) is expected to be in the red today and the high could reach triple digits. Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah) says the dust from the drought is also playing a factor and that the air will be unhealthy for most Utahns. It says there are steps people can take to help however.
“Vehicle emissions are the largest polluting sector,” HEAL Utah said in a statement. “Utahns can limit their vehicle use on mandatory days by riding public transportation, combining trips, carpooling, or even riding a bike if they can.”
The smoky skies are a result of the wildfires happening in the western United States. ABC News reports there are 80 large fires across 11 states in the west. NWS says weather patterns could help us see an improvement in air quality by Monday though.
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