Salt Lake City set a new mark for the warmest July ever recorded by the National Weather Service, and August promises to keep up the heat.
Utah's capital reached a 101-degree high on Wednesday. All that was left was for the official thermometer at Salt Lake City International Airport to remain above 74 degrees until 1 a.m. Thursday to reset the monthly record. When the hour of destiny arrived, the mercury read 75 degrees, giving the month the honors of being the warmest July since records-keeping began in 1874.
The record capped a more than decade-long warming trend for the city. Including this year, the seven warmest Julys on record in Salt Lake City have all occurred since 2002. The previous record for warmest July in Salt Lake City was set in 2007 with an average temperature of 84 degrees, one-tenth of a degree below July 2013's record-beating mark.