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Utah forecast: Post-St. Patrick’s Day cure? Record-setting warmth

First Published      Last Updated Mar 17 2017 06:16 pm

So, what do you call the day after St. Patrick's Day, when, after a few too many toasts to all things Gaelic, you turn green rather than wear it?

Whisht! Too knackered to care, says you? OK, but in Utah, the day after the Hibernian madness of 2017 will be known as a record-setter for warm temperatures.

Salt Lake City looked for a high of 79 degrees on Saturday, landing a meteorological shillelagh on the noggin of a 1972 record of 72 degrees for the date. Ogden, forecast to hit 74 degrees, will break a 2007 mark of 72; and both Cedar City (75) and St. George (85) were on course to tie records set in 2007 and 1972, respectively.

Throughout the state daytime highs on Saturday will range 20-25 degrees above seasonal norms, the National Weather Service says, with sunshine and blue skies prevailing. Salt Lake City's high of 74 degrees on St. Patrick's Day tied a record originally set in 1874 and previously tied in 2015.

However, Sunday will bring cloudy skies and periodic rain showers, dropping high temperatures into the upper-60s along the Wasatch Front.

Southern Utahns, basking in the mid-80s under mostly sunny skies on Saturday, also will see increasing cloud cover come Sunday. Still, temperatures will dip just a few degrees and no rain is expected for Utah's Dixie.

"Green," or healthy breathing conditions continue statewide through the weekend, according to the Utah Division of Air Quality.

However, with springlike weather comes pollen. The Intermountain Allergy & Asthma website listed cottonwood as "very high" and cedar "moderate" on its pollen index as of Friday.

For more extensive forecast information visit the Tribune's weather page at http://www.sltrib.com/news/weather/.


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