Utah's sizzling summer continues as SLC sets daily temp record

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Jul 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-07 18:59:54-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's summer of scorching heat continued Wednesday as Salt Lake City set a record for the highest temperature recorded on July 7.

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Just after 4:30 p.m., the temperature hit 104 degrees in Salt Lake City, breaking the record set in 2002 and 2017. It's the tenth time this year that temperatures have reached the century mark in the city.

The National Weather Service office in Salt Lake City issued an Excessive Heat Warning for south central Utah, including the cities of Kanab and Escalante, through 9 p.m. Sunday. A similar warning remains in effect for the areas near Zion National Park, Washington County and St. George where temperatures may reach 115 degrees.

A heat warning has been extended until Thursday at 9 p.m. for Cache Valley/Utah Portion, Eastern Box Elder County, Eastern Juab/Millard Counties, Great Salt Lake Desert and Mountains, Northern Wasatch Front, Salt Lake Valley, San Rafael Swell, Sanpete Valley, Sevier Valley, Southwest Utah, Tooele and Rush Valleys, Utah Valley, Western Canyonlands, Western Millard and Juab Counties, Western Uinta Basin.

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Earlier Wednesday, the NWS tweeted that temperatures across Utah are currently 10-15 degrees above seasonal norms.