Summer storms flood streets in Salt Lake Valley

Published: Monday, July 8 2013 8:40 p.m. MDT

Vehicles make their way through flooded streets at 700 East and 4500 South on Monday, July 8, 2013, in Salt Lake City.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — The latest in a series of afternoon thunderstorms hit hard and fast Monday, flooding roads in some areas of the Salt Lake Valley.

Temperatures dropped 10 to 15 degrees in 10-15 minutes as the storm hit, KSL meteorologist Kevin Eubank reported, then climbed into the 90s again once the storm had passed.

"We had a stretch of six days of 100-degree weather. Then we've had a stretch of five days with scattered showers and thunderstorms," Eubank said. "We just go from feast to famine, depending on what you like."

Nearly a half-inch of rain fell in Murray about 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Salt Lake City saw .27 inches and Taylorsville got .26 inches.

Salt Lake City has already passed its average .61 inches of rainfall for July, tallying .82 inches as of Monday evening, Eubank reported. The Bountiful bench is also above normal for July, with 1.66 inches recorded so far, topping its average of .93 inches.

But the storms have dissipated, and there's more heat in the days to come.

The Wasatch Front could see highs of 99 degrees Tuesday and 100-plus degrees Wednesday and Thursday, Eubank said. Highs are expected to stay in the upper 90s through the weekend.

With the dry air and rising temperatures comes a heightened fire risk for parts of Utah and Wyoming, the National Weather Service advised.

Monday's storm system also brought wind gusts to the Salt Lake and Tooele valleys. The National Weather Service reporter wind gusts of 40 mph to 55 mph between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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