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CRANK UP COOLERS - MERCURY'S CLIMBING

Salt Lake and Ogden area residents got a little break Thursday from 100-degree plus temperatures, but the reprieve won't last for long.

Beware. The mercury's climbing again - up to about 100 degrees Friday and Saturday.But the temperature still isn't expected to be as high as some of the uncomfortable readings Thursday from across the state, according to Alex Smith, a lead forecaster at the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service.

Smith said St. George recorded a high of 107 degrees Thursday, while Green River and Hanksville residents baked at 105. It was 102 in Moab, 100 in Kanab, 99 in Provo and Dugway, 96 in Vernal, 95 in Cedar City and 94 in Price. Other readings were 98, Roosevelt; 96, Salt Lake International Airport and Vernal; 94, Brigham City; 93, Ogden; 92, Wendover; and 91, Logan.

Smith said early Friday that it doesn't appear most Utahns will get much of a break from the hot weather this weekend, although a few thunderstorms are expected on Sunday in northern Utah.

"We're not anticipating a lot of rain out of the storms. They could be mostly dry," Smith said.

Some dry lightning is expected in southeastern Utah Friday, and moisture may move into the north Saturday.

The chance of measurable rain is less than 20 percent over the entire state during the weekend.

South winds are expected to bring warmer temperatures from the southern end of the state to western valleys.

"It is not that unusual to have temperatures in the 90s and close to 100 during this time of the year, although our temperatures Saturday will be close to record highs," Smith said.