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A scorching finale for June

Record-breaking heat is expected to ease a little

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Sometimes-record-breaking heat baked much of Utah Saturday, with 100-plus degrees along the Wasatch Front — and a sizzling Fourth is just around the bend.

"It's the hottest day of the year so far," said Chris Brenchley, meteorologist with the National Weather Service regional office in Salt Lake City.

The Fourth of July should usher in more intemperate temperatures, but the thermometer should be slightly cooler than the scorching, near-record high of 101 degrees Salt Lake City experienced Saturday.

"It should be in the mid-90s for the highs, a little cooler than (Saturday)," Brenchley said. "It still will be plenty hot."

Saturday's weather was just about as good as it gets for heat lovers. The high temperature of 101 in Salt Lake City was just 2 degrees shy of the record set in 1993.

The normal high for June 30 is 89 degrees, Brenchley said. "So we're 12 degrees above that."

It was hot hot hot elsewhere along the Wasatch Front.

Provo and Springville had 102 temperatures, while Tooele, Wendover and Spanish Fork hit the 100-degree mark.

And it was record-breaking heat in Alta, Bear Lake, Brian Head, Coalville, Delta, Heber City, Laketown and Monticello.

The hottest spots in Utah were St. George and Moab, each hitting 108 degrees.

Sunday and Monday along the Wasatch Front will be slightly cooler in the mid- to upper-90s.

"There's a slight chance of an afternoon or evening thunderstorm in the mountains," said Brenchley. "But until the Fourth, it will be dry and hot."

Because of low humidity, Brenchley recommends no outside watering during the heat of the day, since the water will evaporate.

"There's been a little south wind in the valleys, but for the most part it's just hot and dry," he added.

Here's a breakdown of Utah's record-breaking temperatures Saturday:

Alta, 80; old record, 79

Bear Lake, 93; old record, 92

Brian Head, 78; old record, 75

Coalville, 98; old record, 95

Delta,105; old record, 104

Heber City, 100; old record, 97

Lake Town, 91; old record, 90

Monticello, 94; old record, 93

100-degree highs:

Salt Lake City, 101

Provo, 102

Springville, 102

Tooele, 100

Wendover, 100

Spanish Fort, 100

Moab, 108

St. George, 108

Page, Ariz., 102