Temperatures in Salt Lake City today hit 93 degrees, beating a long-standing record for the date.
Chris Young, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office, said the old record of 92 was set in 1958. The heat, combined with a seven-day forecast that includes wind, rain and thunderstorms, has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for the Provo River tonight, lasting through Wednesday afternoon.
Most of the rivers in northern Utah should remain below flood level, with the exception of the Provo River at Woodland. Today's high temperatures increase the chances of the river cresting late tonight. The water could rise again Wednesday if there is sufficient rainfall throughout the day.
A cold front will be entering the state tonight, dropping temperatures from the 90s to the upper 50s. Forecasters expect the most precipitation Wednesday and Thursday, but have not ruled out the possibility of more showers through the week and into the first part of next week.
While little improvement is expected for Memorial Day, the National Weather Service believes cooler temperatures and the possibility of more snow in upper elevations will bring additional runoff to a halt throughout the next week.