Southern Utah weekend weather forecast: Lower temperatures, but high winds prompt advisory, extended red flag warning

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ST. GEORGE — According to the National Weather Service, this weekend’s weather for the majority of southwestern Utah will include sunny skies and high winds. These winds have prompted officials to issue a wind advisory through Saturday night. And because of low humidity, a previous red flag warning has been extended through Sunday for hazardous fire weather conditions.


Updated Sept. 15, 7:30 a.m. to reflect current conditions, forecasts and advisories


Below are your St. George, Cedar City, Zion National Park and Lake Powell area weekend weather forecasts, including current warnings and advisories.

And for a look at this weekend’s events, check out the St. George News TGIF Show: Your weekend adventure guide brought to you by Virgin River Casino.

St. George

Saturday – High winds

Sunny with a high of 99 and low of 71, with winds starting at 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon, with gusts as high as 39 mph.

Sunday

Sunny with a high near 97 and a low of 70, with winds starting at 10-15 mph, increasing to 16-21 mph in the afternoon


Read more: ‘If it can spark, it can cause a fire’: Tips on preventing human-caused wildfires


Cedar City

Saturday – High winds

Sunny with a high of 86 and low of 66. Winds start between 15-20 but will pick up to 27-32 mph in the afternoon, with gusts up to 46 mph.

Sunday – High winds

Sunny with a high of 85 and low of 65. Winds start between 15-20 but will pick up to 23-28 mph in the afternoon, with gusts up to 41 mph.

Zion National Park/Springdale

ADVISORY: Zion National Park’s Hidden Canyon Trail closed again due to rockfall; other popular trails still being repaired

Saturday – High winds

Sunny with a high of 97 and low of around 71. Winds start between 15-20 but will pick up to 24-29 mph in the afternoon, with gusts up to 43 mph.

Sunday

Sunny with a high of 94 and low of 71, with winds around 15-23 mph.

Lake Powell/Bullfrog Basin/Halls Crossing

ADVISORY: Lake Powell’s mussel infestation continues to worsen

Saturday

Sunny with a high of 100 and low of 66. Winds will pick up to 19-24 mph in the morning, with gusts up to 38 mph.

Sunday

Sunny with a high near 99 and low of 68. Winds start between 6-11 mph but will pick up to 16-21 mph in the afternoon.

Weather warnings and advisories

Weather advisories for Utah as of Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7:10 a.m. | Graphic from National Weather Service, St. George News | For more information on any of these advisories, click here.

A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for the western two thirds of Utah for critical fire weather conditions due to low humidities and strong winds. Conditions are expected to continue into late next week. There is also a wind advisory through Saturday night and red flag warning in affect for parts of Utah.

Read more: Riggs, Lonely wildfires burning in parts of Bryce Canyon, Dixie National Forest increase in size

For more information on current weather conditions and advisories, go the National Weather Service-Salt Lake City office website.

Please also be aware of current fire restrictions: Recent precipitation results in lifting of fire restrictions for portions of Southern Utah; some activities still prohibited

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