Utah weather continues to break records
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Happy Friday Utah, hope you’re staying cool! We are coming off the hottest September day on record in Salt Lake City as we hit 102. This also broke the daily record of 100 and this is the 28e times this year we’ve seen over 100° of heat at SLC, which continues to add to our annual record.
With the dome high over the western United States, we won’t see too much of a change from what we had yesterday with highs close to what we’ve seen for the past few days. There’s a chance we’ll be a degree or two cooler in northern Utah, but we’re still talking 100s in Salt Lake, mid 90s in Cache Valley, and upper 80s and lower 80s 90 for Wasatch Back.
Skies will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy with only a slight chance for a few stray light showers over higher ground, mostly in the southern two-thirds of the state. In our northern Utah valleys, we will also continue to experience poor air quality, primarily due to the presence of ozone.
Going through and after Labor Day weekend, every day is expected to have record/equal heat in Salt Lake City through next Wednesday. In Salt Lake City, there’s a chance we beat Thursday’s 102 by a degree or two on Saturday and Sunday. We could also very well see the September temperature record drop in Logan, 97, approaching 100 this weekend!
In St. George, we will be closer to 110 and due to extreme heat in lower Washington County, an excessive heat warning will be in effect from today until Labor Day. In northeastern Nevada, heat advisories are also in place over Labor Day weekend and there is a possibility that they will be extended farther east into northern Utah.
Some places you can go to escape the heat will be high altitudes and near our lakes and reservoirs. One place that might not worry about hot temperatures is Bear Lake with highs near 90 over the weekend. If you have any outdoor plans, it’s essential to take the necessary precautions to beat this late-season heat. Take breaks, find shade, pack plenty of hydration, look before you lock your car, and limit time outdoors during the afternoon hours.
Looking for some relief, models continue to be optimistic of at least a little cooler trend by the end of next week as a system moves or at least weakens the high. Based on model trends, cooler air should start arriving by Thursday with more seasonal air entering by Friday into the weekend. Stay tuned!
Conclusion ? ! The heat wave will persist through Labor Day weekend.
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