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Salt Lake City could hit 100 degrees this weekend

Cool and wet gives way to a dry, triple-degree sizzle

Published: Saturday, July 18 2009 12:15 a.m. MDT

Salt Lake City sizzled to a new high for the year, hitting triple digits (101) on Friday during what has been a below-average-temperature month, according to the National Weather Service.

The Salt Lake Office of the service, which initially predicted the capital city would only near the upper 90s Saturday and Sunday, now estimates they'll be two more at-least-100-degree days. Three of Utah's four TV stations also predicted a weekendlong triple-digit heat threat. Most local weathercasters expect 100 degrees at Salt Lake City International Airport, which hasn't reached 100 degrees since August 2008.

Crank up the air conditioning, wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, drink lots of liquids and limit your physical activity in the daytime, if possible.

Swimming pools, not very busy last month, should be extra crowded this weekend and the sale of ice should be brisk.

People should pay particular attention to the care of animals in this weekend's heat, too.

After Sunday, there will be a cooling trend, but just barely, with temperatures still hovering in the low to mid-90s.

The long-term average temperature for mid-July in Salt Lake City is 91 degrees. The highest Salt Lake temperature ever recorded was on July 13, 2002, at 107 degrees.

"Things are heating up very quickly," KSL meteorologist Dan Pope said.

So far this July, Salt Lake has averaged 90.1 degrees for a daytime high.

Provo hit 102 degrees Friday and that city and Ogden are expected to be as warm as Salt Lake City over the weekend.

Weather forecasts indicate there is a 20 percent chance of showers on Sunday in Salt Lake City. Monday will be cloudy with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms and a high near 90 degrees.

How do you escape the summer heat? Even Logan is expected to hit 98 degrees Saturday and Sunday, although the Cache Valley nights dip to around 60 degrees.

Both Park City and Laketown (Bear Lake Valley) may offer some relief, with only 90-degree readings expected this weekend. But there's no relief down south. St. George remains the state's hot spot, where 109-110 degree readings are expected.

For the most current forecast, go to: www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc

e-mail: lynn@desnews.com

Contributing: Jacob Hancock

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