After considerably colder than normal temperatures in the past week, near record-breaking heat is in the forecast for much of Utah.
In the Salt Lake City area, temperatures will remain cooler than normal through Tuesday, with an expected high of 68 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures will then warm up to 77 degrees on Wednesday — normal for this time of year — before jumping to 90 on Thursday. That’s just two degrees below the record for that date, set in 1958.
The forecast Friday calls for a high of 84 degrees, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms that afternoon. There is a chance of rain after midnight Friday and continuing through the weekend, with temperatures falling to highs of 74 on Saturday and 70 on Sunday.
There is no rain in the forecast for southern Utah, where it’s going to get hot. The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 89 on Tuesday, 93 on Wednesday and 98 on Thursday — four degrees short of the record high set in 1983.
There, temperatures will trend downward a bit through the weekend — with expected highs of 95 on Friday, 93 on Saturday and 92 on Sunday. That’s not far off from normal temperatures for this time of year, which range from 88-91 degrees.