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S.L. MISSES HOTTEST SPOT IN HISTORY BY A DEGREE

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Watched by hot-weather-weary Salt Lake residents, the mercury Wednesday touched 99 degrees, just one degree below the mark that would have made the summer of 1994 the hottest on record.

Tuesday's 100-degree reading at the Salt Lake International Airport tied the record of 21 days of 100-degree or higher temperatures set during June, July and August of 1960."The temperature fluctuated (Wednesday afternoon) between 97 and 98 degrees, then hit 99 briefly between 3 and 4 p.m., but dropped back down. (Mother Nature) was only teasing us. We didn't quite get up there (to 100)," said Jason Stiff, a meteorologist at the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service.

The forecast called for "cooler" temperatures - a high of 94 - Thursday and a chance of a few afternoon and evening thunderstorms.