Flash flooding possible in some southern Utah parks

Jul 17, 2022, 10:09 AM | Updated: 11:46 am

Bryce Canyon Nation Park (NPS)...

Bryce Canyon Nation Park (NPS)


SALT LAKE CITY —The National Weather Service cautioned about afternoon storms that could possibly cause flash flooding in some of the state’s national parks and recreation areas.

“There’s not a whole lot of moisture to work with for storms, but Utah’s central and southern mountains may be able to generate isolated activity in the afternoon,” said KSL TV Meteorologist Kristen Van Dyke. “This will mean a chance for flash flooding in slot canyons in addition to the dangerous heat on Sunday.”

The NWS out of Salt Lake City advised hikers and tourists to check in with individual visitor centers for a localized forecast as storms developed early Sunday in southern Utah and will move north.

The storms may bring more heavy rain and gusty wind.

Tips to avoid heat exhaustion, heat stroke ahead of Sunday’s excessive heat warning

After the NWS issued an excessive heat warning or excessive heat advisory hitting much of Utah Sunday, an emergency physician for the University of Utah Health gave helpful tips to make sure people spending time outdoors don’t end up in the emergency room.

Dr. Scott McIntosh explained that it’s easy to head out on a hike and not drink as much water as one should, or push harder than they should, and the body starts to get weak and tired in the sweltering temps.

If you’re thinking of a lake day or cooling off in the mountains, McIntosh recommended proper gear and supplies before heading out the door.

“Make sure you have a hat, sunglasses, and some light-fitting clothing so that you can protect yourself from the heat,” he said. “Also make sure to bring plenty of water and/or sports drinks, and just some good snacks to make sure that your body’s fueled well for these adventures.”

McIntosh said to keep outdoor activities to the early morning or evening, if possible.

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Flash flooding possible in some southern Utah parks