Just one year after Salt Lake City recorded its coldest Sept. 9 ever, the city had its hottest Sept. 9 ever.
Exactly one year ago, it was a completely different story. It was the coldest Sept. 9 on record, with a high of only 62 and a low of 43.
And then-Gov. Gary Herbert had just declared a state of emergency after hurricane-force winds on Sept. 8, 2020 — 89 mph at the University of Utah — felled thousands of trees, knocked out power to 170,000 Utahns and killed a man in South Salt Lake when the extreme wind caught his truck door and slammed it into his face.
The biggest hazard in northern Utah remains smoke from West Coast wildfires. The air quality in Salt Lake County will remain orange/unhealthy for sensitive groups on Friday, according to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. It will also be orange in Carbon, Davis, Duchesne, Tooele, Uintah and Utah counties, and yellow/moderate in Cache, Iron, Washington and Weber/Box Elder counties.
There is rain in the Salt Lake City area forecast — 30% Friday afternoon, 60% Friday night, and 40% Saturday afternoon — and temperatures will drop. The forecast highs are in the upper 80s on Friday, the upper 70s on Saturday, and the lower 80s on Sunday.
In Provo — where the University of Utah football team will take on Brigham Young University at 8:15 on Saturday — there is a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and a 20% chance Saturday night.
Temperatures are expected to remain in the triple digits in St. George, although the forecast highs are in the low 100s and not the upper 100s. There’s no rain in the forecast through the weekend.