SALT LAKE CITY — An extra hour of daylight and sunny skies made for an inviting Sunday, with more warm weather expected throughout the week.
Mike Conger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Utahns can expect the above-normal temperatures to last through next weekend, with things cooling off considerably afterwards. Rain is expected in the Wasatch Front late Friday, he said, and during the week the mountains may see some light storms.
"They might just clip the northern part of the state," he said.
While Sunday's 64-degree high was hotter than the average of 53, Conger said it's not yet in the territory of the 72-degree record. Mid-March, he said, is a fairly large target for weather patterns.
"This time of year you can get some pretty wide variances in normal and record temperatures," he said.
Record or no the sun was a welcome sight for many. A steady crowd was enjoying the afternoon at Memory Park on Sunday, walking, jogging or just sitting in the grass to enjoy the sun.
Jake Parkinson found a quiet corner to read a book while his family stayed home for a nap. He said he's lived in Salt Lake for about 10 years and prefers the winter, but added that he doesn't mind the change of seasons.
"It's nice to have sunshine," he said. "The resorts are going to close whether they get snow or not so it might as well be spring."
Jared Goble spent the morning biking up City Creek Canyon before going to his job as a psychiatric technician. Because of daylight savings time he didn't have as much time as usual, but was happy to make it outside.
"It's just something I usually do if it's nice out," he said.
The spring temperatures conveniently arrived in time for the Home and Garden Festival at the South Towne Exposition Center. Spokeswoman Brooke Peterson said weather plays a significant role in the success of the annual event and after last week's snow storms, people seem ready to get outside again.
"It's been fantastic," she said. "The weather has turned nice and they have Spring fever and everybody gets excited."
Peterson describes the festival — currently in its 64th year — as "all the things a homeowner needs in one place," from outdoor living and landscaping to home entertainment and furniture.
The festival also hosts a flower auction with the help of Every Blooming Thing that this year raised $10,000 for Primary Children's Hospital, Peterson said. The event ended Sunday but similar shows are held each year in October and January.