Spring made a record-breaking start Sunday.
A 54-year-old warm temperature record fell when the thermometer at the Salt Lake International Airport hit a high of 71 degrees at 4:30 p.m. The old record for the first day of spring was 68 degrees in 1934."What a way to start the first day of spring," said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge at the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service. Normal high for this time of year is 52. "Normally we don't get to 71 until May 10 or 11."
The low at 6:30 a.m. Monday morning was 46 degrees, which will be a record high minimum if it doesn't get cooler before midnight.The previous record was 42 in 1934.
Record high for Monday is 73 degrees, set in 1972. "We could be a little close on that one, but I don't think we'll quite get there," said Alder.
Milford, Beaver County, also set a new record Sunday with a high of 70 degrees. The previous record was 68 in 1960. Alder said several other Utah communities probably also had record highs.
The heat wave will end Tuesday. A weak storm will approach the area Tuesday morning, bringing a chance of scattered showers.
"Neither one of them are going to do much," said Alder. But temperatures will cool down to the 50s, warming back up to the 60s this weekend. "It looks like another nice weekend in store," said Alder.