The National Weather Service reports this afternoon that we've hit 100ºF this afternoon, marking the sixth straight day with temperatures reaching 100 or greater.
If you are keeping score at home, the highs are 102, 105, 102, 103, 104 and at least 100 today. Three of those tied or broke record highs for the day.
I thought about backpacking this weekend, but the temperatures were simply too high, even in the Uintas. I did hike up Snowbird today, and it was probably the most uncomfortable trek to the tram that I can remember. It was not only hot, but there was also little wind, even on the ridge.
The snowpack has taken a beating the past couple of weeks. For as much snow as there was in the Wasatch in late May, there's really not much left.
June through August is supposed to be hot, but this is not normal. Over the past three years the period from 1 June through 8 July has been exceptionally warm at the Salt Lake City International Airport, rating as the 3 hottest such periods on record. The summer so far this year is actually a shade behind the previous two years, although the difference is just 0.2ºF.
A very slight cool down is on tap for tomorrow, possibly breaking our streak of triple digit highs, but the extended range forecast remains pessimistic for any significant relief for northern Utah. We got some thunderstorms in the Salt Lake Valley last night, and there's always the hope of such storms popping up or a monsoon surge sneaking in, but by and large, the forecast simply looks hot and uncomfortable.
Once again, for your entertainment purposes I provide below the 10-day forecast from the weather channel.