Gorgeous weather is in the offing for those planning to attend LDS Conference sessions this weekend in Salt Lake City.

William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service, says he can almost guarantee a beautiful weekend.Warm temperatures and clear skies will be almost a carbon copy of the weather for the October 1987 conference. Highs are expected near 80 or in the low 80s, with lows in the 45- to 50-degree range.

"Lots of sunshine will fill the . . . blue skies," Alder said.

But the picture for this fall's gathering is not typical of previous years.

Alder said climatological records from 1888 to 1987 show that 56 percent of the conferences have been accompanied by wet weather at some time.

But the weather pattern has been much drier during conference sessions in the fall.

Forty-six percent of the fall conferences have experienced measurable precipitation, while those in the spring number 68 percent.

Alder says temperatures average about 10 to 15 degrees warmer in the fall than during the spring gatherings.

Alder says the warmest temperature ever recorded during a fall conference was 88 degrees in 1979. The coldest was 30 degrees in 1890.