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BALMY SATURDAY LEAPS INTO RECORD BOOKS

Leap day provided some outdoor surprises Saturday - warmer-than-usual temperatures throughout the area.

"This is a day to leap into the record book," said William J. Alder, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "We had record highs for leap year."At Brigham Young University in Provo, it was 70 degrees Saturday, beating 1988's 63 for the day.

The Salt Lake City International Airport saw a high of 66 degrees, beating the 63-degree mark of 1988.

Vernal and Cedar City tied with their former record leap days with 60- and 62-degree temperatures, respectively.

Record-breaking temperatures elsewhere included:

- Brigham City, 63 degrees (61 in 1988).

- Milford, 66 degrees (61 in 1972).

- Spanish Fork, 67 degrees (62 in 1940).

- Fillmore, 67 degrees (61 in 1988).

- Tooele, 66 degrees (60 in 1976).

- Heber, 65 degrees (56 in 1988).

The forecast for the next two days calls for south winds today of up to about 30 mph, a few showers developing by late in the day, showers becoming scattered on Monday and the snow level lowering to around 7,000 feet. Snow isn't expected in the valley.

Highs in Salt Lake City should be near 60 today, and in the mid-50s Monday.

The weather is expected to turn wintery by the end of the week.