Salt Lake City breaks record for most triple-digit temps in a year

Rain and cooler temperatures are expected this weekend.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Heat refracts off the tarmac at Salt Lake International Airport in May. The airport has recorded 22 days with triple-digit temperatures in 2022, a new record.

A record for the most triple-digit heat days was broken in Utah on Tuesday — and it could be broken again this week.

According to the National Weather Service, the temperature hit 100 degrees at Salt Lake City International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, tying the all-time high for Tuesday’s date (Aug. 16) in the city, which was set in 2007.

It also marked the 22nd time this year that temperatures have hit triple digits in Salt Lake City, breaking the previous record of 21 triple-digit days set in 1960 and matched again in 1994 and 2021.

Salt Lake City temperatures are expected to “hover in the upper 90s” on Thursday, according to the weather service, and there’s a possibility that it could hit 100 again.

But from Friday through Tuesday, temperatures will be in the mid-70s up to about 80 degrees.

On Thursday night, there’s a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in Salt Lake City, followed by a 30-60% chance on Friday; a 60% chance on Saturday; and a slight chance on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Statewide, monsoonal moisture late Thursday could carry a threat of flash flooding.

In St. George, temperatures in the upper 90s are in the forecast for Thursday, followed by highs in the low to mid-90s Friday through Monday.

Tuesday will likely reach the upper 90s. There’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms every day through Sunday.