The temperature in downtown Salt Lake City dropped to a cool 97 degrees Saturday, ending two days of consecutive 100-plus degree temperatures.

Saturday's temperature was 4 degrees less than Friday's 101 high and 6 degrees away from the July 23 record high of 103 degrees set in 1931.The blistering temperatures are running a close second to 1960 as the hottest July on record. On an average, temperatures in July 1960 were 4 degrees above normal. With seven days remaining in the month, odds are a record will be set this year, weather officials said.

Friday marked the fourth time this month the temperature reached the 100 mark. During a normal year, temperatures top 100 degrees only five times during the entire summer.

But relief may be on the way. The National Weather Service reported that the thunderstorms that cooled Cedar City to a comfortable 89 degrees may be traveling northward and are expected to hit Provo and Salt Lake City Sunday or Monday.

Widely scattered afternoon and evening showers are forecast. Temperatures will still remain in the high 90s, with lows in the mid- to upper 60s.