Utah’s air is bad, but rain will help clear the smoke beginning Tuesday


Temperatures will fall — there might even be some snow at the highest elevations.

(National Weather Service) After a hot Monday, rain is headed for Utah on Tuesday.

Smoke from both fires on the West Coast and from the Parleys Canyon Fire will continue to muck up the air Monday, but a low pressure system will bring rain and help clear the air beginning Tuesday.

And not only will temperatures tumble on Wednesday, there’s a possibility of snow at the highest elevations.

Air quality is bad and getting worse on Monday morning. According to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, it’s in the red zone — unhealthy for everyone — in Salt Lake and Utah counties, and in the orange zone (unhealthy for sensitive groups) in Cache, Davis, Tooele and Iron counties.

IQair.com lists Salt Lake City’s air quality as the fifth worst in the world on Monday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, Utah could see widespread moderate to heavy rainfall Tuesday through Thursday, along with the possibility of severe thunderstorms and flash flooding in areas prone to floods and near burn scars.

Elevations of 11,000 feet and higher “might even see a changeover to snow for a time Wednesday night.”

The Salt Lake City area will see high temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s on Monday and Tuesdays, then about a 20-degree drop to the mid- to upper 70s on Wednesday and continuing through Friday. Overnight lows in the low 60s — maybe even the upper 50s — are expected.

It’s smoky in St. George on Monday morning, although skies are expected to clear on Tuesday and the area could see rain Tuesday-Thursday. After a high of 102 on Monday and 98 on Tuesday, temperatures will dip to the low 90s and upper 80s through the end of the week.