After a possible record heat, it will cool down significantly in Utah. But will it rain on the Utes and the Cougars?

The National Weather Service says a cold front is heading our way.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) It rains down on fans during a lightning-fast delay as the Utah Utes host the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City on Thursday, September 2, 2021. Could it happen again this week?

Tuesday will be hot in Salt Lake City — an all-time record could be set — but temperatures are expected to drop beginning Wednesday. And there is at least a small chance of showers and thunderstorms affecting both the University of Utah football game Thursday night and BYU’s home game Saturday night.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 99 degrees in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, matching the record set on August 29, 2017 — 11 degrees higher than the average for this time of year.

However, a “dry but fairly strong” cold front is expected to sweep across northern Utah from Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, “returning temperatures close to normal for this time of year.”

The forecast calls for highs of 87 for Wednesday; 92 on Thursday; 86 on Friday; 85 on Saturday; and 81 on Sunday. The forecast high for Labor Day is just 75 – about 10 degrees below normal and 27 degrees colder than a year ago, when the thermometer peaked at 102, a record for September 4.

After sunny skies during the day on Thursday, there is a low 20% chance of rain and thunderstorms in Salt Lake City on Thursday evening. The Utah Utes host the Florida Gators tonight with kick-off scheduled for 6 p.m

The low risk of rain and thunderstorms continues in Salt Lake City Friday through Monday.

The forecast for the next few days in Provo is similar. According to the National Weather Service, there is a slight chance of rain early in the day on Saturday, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midday and continuing into Saturday evening. After a high of 82 °C, temperatures drop to below 60 °C overnight.

The BYU Cougars host the Sam Houston Bearkats tonight with kick-off scheduled for 8:15 p.m

Temperatures are also expected to drop in southern Utah and there may be some rain. In St. George, Tuesday’s forecast highs are 105; 104 on Wednesday; 98 on Thursday; 88 on Friday; 86 on Saturday and Sunday; and 84 on Monday. There is a 20-30% chance of showers and thunderstorms on Thursday, rising to 60% on Friday. There is a slight chance of more rain on Saturday and Sunday, with sunny skies forecast for Monday.

Justin Scaccy

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