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Back-to-school temperatures above average, says NWS

Aug 1, 2023, 8:00 AM | Updated: 8:23 am

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As the 2023-2024 school year begins, Canyons School District is implementing district-wide Thrive Time, a new curriculum. Students arrive for the first day of school at East Sandy Elementary, Monday, August 16, 2021. (Photo: courtesy of Canyons School District)

(Photo: courtesy of Canyons School District)

SALT LAKE CITY — A meteorologist at the National Weather Service said back-to-school temperatures may be above normal again this year.

Meteorologist Hayden Mayhan said they will be above average, however, they will be closer to normal than they were at the same time last year.

“Above normal temperatures could just mean temperatures a degree or two above (what is normal). Not necessarily what we saw last year,” said Mayhan. 

Last year, temperatures reached a high of 107 in September, near back-to-school time. This year, Mayhan said, temperatures are predicted to stay in the 90s.  

The summer of 2022 broke an all-time record for days over 100 degrees, 34 days last summer reached over 100-degree temperatures, according to KSL Meteorologist Kevin Eubank. 

“Right now there’s no clear indication that we’re going to be dealing with anything too oppressive,” Mayhan said about the predicted weather for the time when kids are returning to school. 

This July ended up hotter than normal, with five 100-degree days, but it was not record-breaking like last summer. 

Mayhan said average temperatures for the back-to-school season are usually in the low 90s or upper 80s.

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