Northern Utahns don't need a thermometer to tell them it's much cooler than normal July sizzlers.
But they may not realize that records continue to be broken this summer at the Salt Lake International Airport, where the high reading Saturday, July 3, was only 70 degrees, a record-low maximum temperature for that day. The previous record was 73, set in 1983.On Sunday, July 4, the high was only 72, also a record-low high temperature. Previously, the record was 73, set July 4, 1938. On Monday, July 5, the temperature reached a high of only 79 degrees.
"We've had three consecutive days of temperatures in the low 70s, which is highly unusual for July - when temperatures are normally around 90. We had six consecutive days of temperatures in the 70s in 1938, which is the record for July," said William J. Alder, meteorologist at the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service.
About an inch of snow fell Sunday in the Mirror Lake and Trial Lake areas of the Uintas. The snow didn't stick on the roads, but it was cold. A lot of snow still remains in that area from last winter. Snow also fell Sunday at about the 9,000-foot elevation of the Wasatch Mountains.
Temperatures will remain a little below normal this week with widely scattered showers or thundershowers toward the end of the week. Temperatures will be in the low 80s during the next two days and in the mid- to upper 80s on Wednesday and Thursday along the Wasatch Front, Alder said.