It’s been a summer of record-breaking heat in Salt Lake City, and as the calendar flips over to September this week, the entire state is in for another stretch of sweltering temperatures.
The National Weather Service forecasts that it will hit 101 degrees at the Salt Lake City airport on Thursday, Friday and Saturday — the first three days of September. That would be 14-15 degrees above normal.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Utah’s capital during any documented September is 100 degrees, which happened on Sept. 8, 1979; Sept. 1, 2019; and Sept. 5, 2020, according to the National Weather Service.
No matter the month, each day this year that Salt Lake City reaches 100 degrees or more will break a record. That’s because, so far in 2022, there have already been 25 days with triple-digit temperatures — smashing the record of 21 set in 1960 and tied in 1994.
It’ll be a bit cooler on in Salt Lake City’s benches, but only a bit. There, the weather service forecasts a high of 95 on Tuesday, 97 on Wednesday and Thursday, and 98 on Friday and Saturday.
Salt Lake City’s normal high temperatures for this time of year are in the mid- to upper 80s.
There’s nothing but clear skies in and sun in the forecast through Sunday, with no precipitation in sight.
And it’s not just Salt Lake City that will be hot. The forecast calls for near-record temperatures across the state this week — from 100-106 in St. George, where it’s typically hot this time of year, to 90-96 in Logan, where it’s not.
In St. George, the normal highs at the end of August/beginning of September are 97-98. In Logan, the normal highs are 81-83.
There’s also no rain in the forecast for southern Utah, with sunny skies expected through Sunday. According to the weather service, flash floods are “not expected” at any of Utah’s national parks or national monuments on Monday or Tuesday.
According to the Utah Division of Environmental Quality, air quality will be orange, or “unhealthy,” for sensitive groups in Salt Lake County and Davis County on Tuesday and Wednesday.
All other monitored counties will be considered yellow, or “moderate,” through Wednesday.