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Salt Lake City heat records are on a blistering pace

Heat Wave Summer Getty
Posted at 7:23 PM, Jul 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-05 21:23:59-04

SALT LAKE CITY — If this summer seems hotter than usual, it's because the heat has been record breaking; five summer heat records have already been broken, which well outpaces previous averages.

This chart shows the dramatic increase in summer records over the last 100+ years, with the last ten years nearly doubling the previous decade:

And while 100 degree days are not unexpected for residents of the Wasatch Front, but they were far less frequent for previous generations, as this chart illustrates:

With several weeks of summer left in 2021 and high temperatures in the extended forecast, more heat records can be expected to fall.