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Worst drought categories for nearly all of Utah

FILE - In this July 16, 2014 file photo, what was once a marina sits high and dry due to Lake Mead receding in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona. Arizona won't have all the pieces of a Colorado River drought plan wrapped up by a March 4 deadline set by the federal government, state water officials said Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. It's the latest hurdle threatening the seven-state plan to take less water from the drought-starved Colorado River, which provides water for 40 million people and 5.5 million acres of farmland. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — As much as 98% of Utah is in the two worst drought categories, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Nearly all of the state is in “exceptional” or “excessive” drought. 

Drought conditions as of July 8, 2021 (courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor)

The oppressive heat and low precipitation are leaving Utah bone dry. The ongoing drought is causing problems for many aspects of life in the state, including farms and ranches, reservoirs, and how often we can water our lawns. The heat also increases wildfire danger

There is a slight chance of rain Wednesday and Thursday, but it will not be enough to offset the severe drought. 

Only small areas in the north and northeast portions of Utah are currently in the “severe” or “moderate” drought categories.