SALT LAKE CITY — Free downtown parking will end Wednesday when the city's heat-damaged parking meters are brought back online.

"Extreme weather conditions" were to blame for a smattering of debit and credit card reader failures, city officials said, causing the whole system to be taken offline June 29.

Much of the problem resulted from "overheating computer circuit boards," complicated by simultaneous software server slowdowns, city officials said.

Utah saw a steady march of above-average and record-breaking heat through the end of June and beginning of July, according to the National Weather Service.

Technicians are reviewing possible upgrades to ensure uninterrupted service in hot weather. The parking system is scheduled to come back online at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

— McKenzie Romero