Utah’s unseasonably warm spring weather to continue through weekend, National Weather Service says

Friday’s temperatures felt “more like summer,” and tied a record for the hottest April 12.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Chloe Cox, a student at SLCC catches up on some reading at Sugarhouse Park as she enjoys the 70-degree weather on Monday, April 8, 2019. Similarly warm weather hit Utah on Friday, April 12, 2024, tying a record for the warmest April 12, set in 1936. Weather is forecast to stay unseasonably warm throughout the weekend.

Friday’s summer-like temperatures tied a record for the warmest April 12 since 1936 — and forecasters predict the warm-weather trend will continue at least throughout the weekend.

“It felt a lot more like summer than mid-April Friday,” a weather service analyst wrote, “and it will be another warm day [Saturday].”

Saturday is predicted to be 10 to 15 degrees hotter than normal, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters added that most places wouldn’t get quite as hot as Friday, which registered 81 degrees at the Salt Lake City International Airport, the warmest day since October.

Salt Lake City is expected to be sunny and reach a high of 77 on Saturday with a low of 50 — with similar weather in Ogden and Provo. It will reach 81 in St. George, with a low of 49.

Air quality will be “moderate” on Saturday in Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, Weber, Box Elder, Tooele, Washington, Iron, Carbon and Grand counties, according to the state Division of Air Quality, and will be “good” throughout the rest of the state.

The weather service reported that Sunday should remain warm — highs of 69 are predicted in both Salt Lake City and St. George — with a chance for showers or thunderstorms in the evening. Alongside that expected precipitation, air quality is predicted to improve to “good” for all Utah counties, except Salt Lake County, on Sunday.

Temperatures will likely dip Monday, with more opportunities for rain, before continuing their ascent Tuesday and throughout the work week, forecasters said. On Monday, the Division of Air Quality forecast all Utah counties will have “good” air quality.