The weather Monday was good for parade-watching but could spell disaster for firefighters.
The National Weather Service said the statewide forecast for Monday called for a chance of some scattered afternoon or evening gusty thunderstorms, but only well after the Days of '47 parade concluded in downtown Salt Lake City.Parade-watching on Pioneer Day started with 80-degree bracket temperatures and partly cloudy skies, following an uncomfortable-for-sleeping 73 degrees Sunday night and early Monday.
Throughout the state, temperatures were forecast in the 95-105 range before sunset Monday, with temperatures generally higher to the south.
Temperatures should drop Monday night to the 60s most places, even to the mid-50s in northern counties and to 45-50 at Strawberry Reservoir.
At Flaming Gorge, the site of a major fire, the forecast is for partly cloudy conditions through Tuesday with scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds. That scenario would cause problems for firefighters battling an out-of-control fire in the area.