Salt Lake City breaks mark for 95-degree days
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SALT LAKE CITY -- The heat that has gripped Salt Lake City for much of the summer broke yet another record Friday.
Friday's high of 97 degrees marked the 52nd day this year the city has recorded temperatures exceeding 95. That breaks the old record set in 1940 and 1961, said National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Schoening.
The city already set a record with the warmest July in recorded history. The 20 days of 100 degree-plus heat are one shy of the record.
"We keep knocking out these records," Schoening said. "It will probably go down as the warmest summer on record in Salt Lake City."
The temperatures used by the National Weather Service are taken from a gauge at the Salt Lake City International Airport. They are generally representative of weather along the Wasatch Front, home to 2 million of Utah's residents who live in a string of cities from Brigham City on the north to Santaquin on the south.
The forecast calls for highs in the mid-90s Saturday and Sunday, with slightly cooler temperatures on Monday.
Temperatures traditionally begin to cool down by September, though Salt Lake City has registered 100-degree days as last as Sept. 8.