The weather in Utah has been weird this month. Here’s why.

The state’s temperature roller coaster isn’t over yet.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Spring is blooming along Main Street in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Utah experienced strange weather in June. Temperatures in the state have soared to near-record highs, only to plummet well below normal before soaring again.

If you’re thinking that the rollercoaster weather in Utah has been kinda weird the past few weeks, you’re not wrong.

Temperatures in the state have soared to near-record highs, only to plummet well below normal before soaring again.

“We typically go into our driest, calmest pattern in mid to late June,” said Christine Kruse, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City. “It’s starting to go where it’s really more unusual.”

This June was definitely not a “calm” weather month. A week ago, temperatures in Salt Lake City were in the low 90s, about 10 degrees above normal. Last weekend it reached 97, 15 degrees above normal on Friday and Saturday. And on Sunday, Salt Lake City set a new record for June 12 with a high of 102 – 19 degrees above normal.

Then a cold front blew in, and temperatures dropped more than 30 degrees that night. Monday’s high was 71 (12 degrees below normal) and Tuesday’s high was 69 (14 degrees below normal).

What’s behind it? Kruse said the northern jet stream typically retreats farther north into Canada at this time of year — meaning fewer cold fronts are channeled through Utah. “But this year the jet stream has stayed further south and has kept us in a more choppy pattern,” Kruse said.

It didn’t rain much, but Salt Lake City did get 0.34 inches of rain Monday — 0.30 more than normal for the date and more than a third of the 0.95 inches that normally falls in June.

(National Weather Service) Temperatures are expected to rise well above normal on Thursday.

The roller coaster ride is not over yet. After highs in the mid-70s on Wednesday (about 10 degrees below normal), temperatures will shoot into the mid-90s (about 10 degrees above normal) on Thursday and Friday.

On Saturday, the forecast high will drop to 89 degrees before falling to 81 on Sunday and 76 on Monday – again 10 degrees below normal. And on Saturday and Sunday there is a low chance of rain.

“That’s pretty unusual for the end of June,” Kruse said. “And it’s unusual to have these temperatures and storms so far south. … This is typically the driest time of year for the state of Utah.”

National Weather Service models do not suggest a high pressure system will be deployed over Utah in the next week. So it won’t rain for days, “but we won’t have our typical weather for this time of year either – hot for days,” said Kruse. “I don’t see that.”

The jet stream hasn’t affected southern Utah as much as northern Utah, but temperatures there have also been up and down, with several daily highs below normal. This is expected to continue.

In St George the forecast highs are 101, 99, 91, 87 and 90 degrees on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday respectively. Normal highs for this time of year are 97-98.

There is no rain in the forecast, but patchy dust is expected on Friday.

Rain is possible in southeastern Utah on Friday and Saturday, and looking ahead — July 22-28 — Kruse said the National Weather Service’s models suggest “the odds are tilted toward above-normal rainfall.” “ in this part of the state.

“And in the extreme northwest of Utah, the chances of below-average rainfall are better,” Kruse said. “This suggests that the monsoon may start a little earlier.”

In this case, southern Utah can expect more rain than northern Utah. The weather in Utah has been weird this month. Here’s why.

Joel McCord

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